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.
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.