The only comprehensive, single-volume survey of magic available, this compelling book traces the history of magic and superstition in Europe from antiquity to the present. Focusing mainly on the medieval and early modern era, Michael Bailey also explores the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and the spread of magical systems_particularly modern witchcraft or Wicca_from Europe to the United States. He explains how magic was understood, constructed, and frequently condemned and how magical beliefs and practices have changed over time yet also remain vital even today.
Michael D. Bailey is assistant professor of history at Iowa State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Roots in the Ancient World Chapter 2 The Rise of Christianity and Early Medieval Europe to the Year 1000 Chapter 3 Varieties of Magic in the High and Late Middle Ages, 1000-1500 Chapter 4 The Medieval Condemnation of Magic, 1000-1500 Chapter 5 Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in the Early Modern Period, 1500-1800 Chapter 6 From Renaissance to Enlightenment, 1450-1800 Chapter 7 Magic in the Modern West from 1800