A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult (Hardcover)
See the history of witchcraft, magic and superstition come to life with this spectacular supernatural book!
From alchemy and modern Wicca to paganism and shamanism, this enchanting book takes you on a mystical journey that will leave you spellbound. This is the perfect introduction to magic and the occult!
This reference book about magic is packed with:
• Informative, engaging and accessible text and lavish illustrations
• Special features on aspects of magic, such as oracle bones of ancient China, the Knights Templar and magic at the movies, and “plants and potions” like mandrake and belladonna examine topics in great detail
• Quick-fact panels that explore magic origins, key figures, key deities, use in spells, structures of religions and more
This indispensable witchcraft book explores the common human fascination with spells, superstition and the supernatural. It provides you with a balanced and unbiased account of everything from Japanese folklore and Indian witchcraft to the differences between black and white magic and dispelling myths such as those surrounding the voodoo doll and Ouija.
Expect the unexpected with A History Of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult. It will open your eyes to other worlds. Discover forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones. Explore the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with religion.
Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, this richly illustrated history book provides a fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft, magic and the occult.
About the Author
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning professor of history at the University of Roehampton. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, her research focuses on the sixteenth century, both on English and French history, and she is especially interested in the intersection of religious, gender, political, social, and psychological history; in ordinary women’s lives, faith, marriages, and sexuality; and in witchcraft and witch-trials.
“This book provides a fascinating overview of the history of magic, with some emphasis on witchcraft and the occult, presented in an easily browsed, highly visual format.” —Booklist