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A Historical Dictionary of Magic and Occult Sciences (Dictionnaire historique de la magie et des sciences occultes)



Original Language: French | 832 pp. | 2006

2 Seas Represents: World Translation Rights.

Magic, alchemy, divinatory arts, astrology, demonology, bewitchment, fetishisms, cabbalas, witchcrafts, superstitions, and many other so-called occult sciences are discussed in this informative tome, including their history, their practices, their main instigators, their victims, too. About fifty scholars and researchers accepted the challenge. For the first time, from a historical and ethnological point of view, and in light of the latest studies, these authors have catalogued and critiqued this vast field of knowledge. The frontiers they discuss are the ones of the Western world, but they do not reject influences and echoes that spread to their field of knowledge from other civilizations and eras. The great actors appear in turn: Apollonius of Tyana, Cagliostro, Nostradamus, Ptolemy, Gilles de Rais, Rasputin, and many others. The authors did not confine themselves to concepts, practices and portraits. If you are interested in mandrakes, alembics, fairies, Halloween, Dracula, Nosferatu or Black Metal, then this book provides serious and informative answers to you most pressing questions.


This book was edited under the scientific supervision of Jean-Michel Sallmann, lecturer of Modern History at the University of Paris-X Nanterre.