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Superstition and Magic in Early Modern Europe


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Part I - Superstition Introduction 1. K. Kamerick, 'Shaping Superstition in Late Medieval England ', in Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft 3.1 (2008): 29-53 2. E. Cameron, 'For Reasoned Faith or Embattled Creed', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 8 (1998): 165-87 3. E. Peters, Material from 'The medieval Church and State on Superstition, Magic and Witchcraft', Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic (volume 1),pp.178-86, 207-217, 223-237, 238-245 Part II - Miracles and Magic Introduction 4. H. Parish, 'Lying Histories Fayning False Miracles', Reformation and RenaissanceReview 4.2 (2002): 230-40 5. L. Daston, 'Marvellous Facts and Miraculous Evidence in Early Modern Europe', Critical Inquiry 18.1 (1991): 93-124 6. R. Kieckhefer 'The Specific Rationality of Medieval Magic', American Historical Review, 99.3 (1994): 813-36 Part III - Ghosts and Apparitions Introduction 7. A. Walsham, 'Sermons in the Sky: Apparitions in Early Modern Europe', History Today 51.4 (2001: 56-63 8. R. Bowyer, 'The Role of the Ghost Story in Medieval Christianity' , The Folklore of Ghosts ed. H.E. Davidson, W. Russell (Folklore Society, 1981) Part IV - Witchcraft Introduction 9. W. Monter, 'Toads and Eucharists: The male witches of Normandy 1564-1660', French Historical Studies 20.4 (1997): 563-95 10. S. Clark 'Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern culture' in the Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic (section on demonology) 11. E. Bever, 'Witchcraft, female aggression and power in the early modern community', Journal of Social History 35.4 (2002): 955-88 Part V - 'Disenchantment' of Europe Introduction 12. M.D. Bailey, 'The disenchantment of magic: spells, charms and superstition in early European witchcraft literature', American Historical Review 13. B. Levack, 'Part One: The decline and end of witchcraft prosecutions', in Athlone History of witchcraft and magic volume 5 14. D.P. Walker, 'The Cessation of Miracles', in L. Merkel and A.G. Debus eds, Hermeticism and the Renaissance, (Folger / AUP, 1988), pp.111-124

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A diverse collection of the most important recent scholarship on witchcraft, magic and religion.

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Helen Parish is Professor of History at the University of Reading, UK. She is the author of Monks, Miracles and Magic: Reformation Representations of the Medieval Church (2005).

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