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Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic: Invoking Tradition (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic)
The late Victorian period witnessed the remarkable revival of magical practice and belief. Butler examines the individuals, institutions and literature associated with this revival and demonstrates how Victorian occultism provided an alternative to the tightening camps of science and religion in a social environment that nurtured magical beliefs.
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published January 5th 2011)
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Generally a solid source, but the title is misleading. This work mostly focuses on the Golden Dawn, and whilst interesting and certainly well researched it also manages to loose the thread of the wider context. The final chapter finally looks at infamous table wrappers, tho with barely a nod to them as it speeds through Victorian spiritualism. Perhaps this chapter would have served better at the beginning, before anchoring us so firmly in the theatrics of the GD. The wider world of Victorian Occ ...more