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History

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2016

Journal or Book Title

Renaissance Quarterly

Volume

69

First Page

1462

Last Page

1464

DOI

10.1086/690350

Abstract

Kathryn Edwards begins her introduction to this well-conceived volume by noting the “explosion of research on magical practices and the attitudes about them in late medieval and early modern Europe” (1) over the last several decades. Witchcraft has continued to be the fiery epicenter of this explosion, despite scholarship’s increasing recognition that occasional eruptions of witch-hunting were surrounded by a vast and typically much more benign “magical universe” (the phrase is from Stephen Wilson’s 2003 book of the same title, frequently cited throughout this volume). The scholars Edwards has assembled each probe various areas of that universe, in order to understand forms of magic that were more widely and more openly practiced than harmful maleficium.

Comments

This book chapter is published as Kathryn A. Edwards, ed., Everyday Magic in Early Modern Europe, reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly 69 (2016): 1462-64. 10.1086/690350. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The University of Chicago Press Journals

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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