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Enchanted Europe

Euan Cameron


Since the dawn of history people have used charms and spells to try to control their environment, and forms of divination to try to foresee the otherwise unpredictable chances of life. Many of these techniques were called ‘superstitious’ by educated elites. For centuries, religious believers used ‘superstition’ as a term of abuse to denounce another religion that they thought inferior, or to criticize their fellow-believers for practising their faith ‘wrongly’. From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, scholars argued over what ‘superstition’ was, how to identify it, and how to persuade peopl ... More

Keywords: superstition, faith, witchcraft, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, cults, folklore, ethnic heritage

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Euan Cameron, author
University of Warsaw

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