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User Review  - kukulaj - LibraryThing

This is a mighty big book! I don't remember when I started it... probably a couple years ago. I would generally read one chapter at a time, then read another book or two before reading the next ... Read full review

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User Review  - neilgodfrey - LibraryThing

"The real question at issue here is what enables us to read a source ‘against the grain’, and here theory does indeed come in. Theory of whatever kind, whether it is a general set of theses about how ... Read full review

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User Review  - Widsith - LibraryThing

Now my Charmes are all ore-throwne, And what strength I haue's mine owne. Which is most faint… —William Shakespeare, The Tempest You might think from the title of Religion and the Decline of Magic ... Read full review

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User Review  - mnicol - LibraryThing

A demanding read but absolutely worthwhile. We live with more uncertainty today than ever before and the mystery is why we rely less on diviners, magicians and wizards, not why they were abandoned ... Read full review

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User Review  - dmsteyn - LibraryThing

The concept of magic is a fascinating one, no doubt. The amount of fiction that contains some or other kind of magic is astonishing, but what is even more astonishing is the beliefs that people have ... Read full review

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User Review  - KarelDhuyvetters - LibraryThing

This is my kind of book! Thoroughly researched with all the sources at the bottom of every page, beautyfully written, clearly expressed ideas, a surprising or enlightening fact or remark in almost ... Read full review

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User Review  - heidilove - LibraryThing

this is a thought-provoking book, but i'm not convinced that thomas makes the point he claims in the title. if magic has declined, or our sense of it, then i shudder to think of what it once was. Read full review

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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in social or cultural history. Thomas explains how religion, magic and their relative importance in the lived of western civilzation affect attitudes underlying a wide range of activites. Read full review

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User Review  - tole_lege - LibraryThing

I would have said that this book is almost required reading for anyone interested in the history of magic in the UK. Yes, it's getting on a bit – and there are bits of it which have been superceded by ... Read full review

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