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1 Peters, Edward The Magician the Witch and the Law
Hassocks, West Sussex The Harvester Press 1978 0855274565 / 9780855274566 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
A Fine clean, tight and unmarked copy in brown cloth boards. Dustjacket has minimal wear. xviii + 216 pages. Drawing a distinction between medieval magic and early modern witchcraft, Professor Peters argues that, in spite of scholarship to the contrary, early medieval magic was considered a practical science, requiring study and skill, but as European society became more articulate and self-conscious, the old tradition of magic as science became associated with heresy and sorcery. Therafter the Middle Ages knew no safe, learned magic that was not subject to accusation of diabolism in one form or another, and the magician, like the later witch, could be punished for both spiritual and temporal offenses. Through this analysis of the different legal, ecclesiastical and literary responses to this problem, magic and witchcraft are located more accurately in the cultural context of the time, and we gain important insights into medieval history. 
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