Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America: A History - Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic (Hardback)
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Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America: A History - Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic (Hardback)

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Hardback 255 Pages / Published: 22/11/2011
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The first comprehensive history of magical treasure hunting from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, revealing a magical universe of treasure spirits, and wizards who tried to deal with them. Combining history and anthropology, this study sees treasure hunting as an expression of shifting economic mentalities and changing ideas about history.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230000049
Number of pages: 255
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The pursuit of buried treasure was one of the favourite activities of ritual magicians of early modern Europe: indeed in some places and times, such as parts of eighteenth-century Germany, it was the act of magic that most often brought individuals before the law courts. Nonetheless, it has been neglected by historians of early modern Europe, and so the appearance of a full-length treatment of it is both timely and valuable. Johannes Dillinger is a good person for the job. ... a notable contribution ... Johannes Dillinger has neatly filled another portion of the history of European magic.' - Ronald Sutton, Time and Mind

'This is a fascinating and complex book, and although scholarly is very accessible, even just for the remarkable collection of narratives of treasure hunting expeditions.' John Rimmer, The Magonia Review of Books

'...this book should be required reading for anyone interested in the field of early modern magic, with a possible interest to those interested in various aspects of treasure folklore and Renaissance era law.' - Daniel Harms, Papers Falling from an Attic Window

'One of the most ground-shifting books I've ever read The first full treatment of the topic has yielded exciting results.' - Steve Fleming, The Juvenile Instructor

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