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A Brief History of Enchantment: Witchy October Reads

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 in book recommendations, historical fiction, magic | 2 comments

A Brief History of Enchantment: Witchy October Reads

This article of mine was originally published in the February 2010 Issue of Historical Novels Review. A Brief History of Enchantment: Magic Goes Mainstream Paranormal fiction is hot. Think of the huge popularity of the Harry Potter and Twilight series; of adult fantasy/historical fiction crossovers such as Susanne Clarke’s eccentric doorstopper, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell; not to mention Seth Grahame-Smith’s quirky genre-bender, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. “The publishing world has seen an explosion in fiction featuring a wide array of paranormal elements,” says literary agent...

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Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 in magic, marlowe, reformation | Comments Off

Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

In the witch trials that raged across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, legal authorities strove to uncover evidence of a pact between the accused witch and the devil. But did this alleged pact ever exist except in the imaginations of the witchfinders? The legend of Doctor Faustus captivated the public because it purported to reveal the story of real-life German magician, alchemist, and astronomer, Johann Georg Faust, who died in 1540. Rumour had it that his powers were given to him by the devil. His legend first appeared in print in a 1587 chapbook, Das Faustbuch, a cautionary tale of...

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