This volume presents students and scholars with a comprehensive overview of the fascinating world of the occult. It explores the history of Western occultism, from ancient and medieval sources via the Renaissance, right up to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and contemporary occultism. Written by a distinguished team of contributors, the essays consider key figures, beliefs and practices as well as popular culture.
"Partridge’s book should prove particularly valuable to undergraduate and graduate students, as the volume’s entries on their given subjects are in and of themselves scholarly treatments of the topics in question and also gateways to further and more in-depth research."
- Christopher A. Plaisance, University of Groningen
"Many of the essays include black-and-white illustrations that further elucidate the material. Written by international experts in religious and cultural studies, all the essays include comprehensive bibliographies for the benefit of those wishing to pursue topics in depth. Summing Up: Recommended."
- S. P. Beiting, University of Notre Dame in CHOICE
IntroductionPart One: Ancient and Medieval SourcesPart Two: The RenaissancePart Three: Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturyPart Four: Nineteenth CenturyPart Five: Twentieth Century and the Contemporary WorldPart Six: Popular Culture and the ArtsPart Seven: Beliefs, Practices, Issues, and Approaches
The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.