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They had been able to explain misfortune in terms of the working of good and evil
spirits; or they could see it as the result of the neglect of sundry omens and
observances relating to good or bad luck; or they could regard it as random and ...
The first was the occurrence of a personal misfortune for which no natural
explanation was immediately forthcoming. The second was an awareness on the
victim's part of having given offence to a neighbour, usually by having failed to ...
They did so because they resented a competing pastoral agency, and because
they were anxious to replace a magical explanation of misfortune by a
theological one. When plague, fire or some other disaster struck, they devoted
much energy ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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