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Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A Complete History Paperback – 31 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709092008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709092001
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Factual and unjudgemental… a fascinating read. I highly recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in the "Craft". -- Marty Dodge, Blogcritics.com, December 3, 2004 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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I have written Witchcraft Out of the Shadows to do just that: bring witchcraft out of the shadows of misunderstanding and confusion, to explain its real history and development.

My PhD work at King's College, London, took modern witchcraft as a test case for analysing Max Weber's sociological theory of disenchantment and developing a counter theory of re-enchantment. My findings on the nature of magic, mystical experience, ritual activity, conceptualization of deity and the demographics of those involved refuted many of the existing stereotypes and provided new insights into scientifically uncharted areas. It was these important findings that I wanted to take from the narrow academic world to a wider audience, to share what I had found.

But this was only part of the story. The history and sociology of witchcraft has tended to concentrate on the late Medieval and Early Modern period, the so-called Witch-Craze - the age of burnings, hangings, trials and torture. It is an important period, but this over-emphasis has produced a distorted picture of the phenomenon of witchcraft.

With Witchcraft Out of the Shadows I have re-analysed and re-interpreted the history of witchcraft, recovering long ignored material from Ancient Greece and Northern Europe, and have placed my PhD research findings in a broader historical context.

So it was with a sense of discovery, of finding a new place in that 'other country' of history, that I started writing the book and with the enthusiasm of an explorer back from exotic lands that I want now to tell what I have found. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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