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Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, and Religion, 1250-1750 Paperback – December 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0199605118 ISBN-10: 0199605114 Edition: Reprint
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"Cameron's rigorous examination of the evasive subject of superstition makes Enchanted Europe essential reading for historians of medieval and early modern Europe...moreover serves as a timely reminder of the value of analyzing religion on its own terms."--IPreternature

"Enchanted Europe exposes a range of mental attitudes toward popular superstition, primarily from the points of view of churchmen attempting to sway one another in their arguments. ... Cameron's research proves extensive and profound." --Journal of American Folklore

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Euan Cameron received his B.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. He was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford from 1979 to 1986, and a member of the Department of History of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1985 to 2002. Since 2002 he has been Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he has also served as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. He is a member of the departments of Religion and History at Columbia University.

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199605114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199605118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pewsagl on March 23, 2012
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I am a layman who reads on this subject for enjoyment and a little self education, not a professional academic. For me, the book was very informative, but I did find that the author had to cover so much ground that it felt like he was jumping quickly from this source to that source. As such, it was hard for me to follow at times because almost all of the sources discussed are obscure and it does seem to assume a good deal of base knowledge about the history of religion and philosophy (lots of references to Platonists, for example, without explanation of what that means, so it assumes that knowledge). Of course it does deal with the more prominent authors such as Aquinas, Luther, and so forth in more depth. I will also praise the book for an excellent bibliography, extensive end notes, and a good index - all useful and very thorough. The bibliography, I would imagine, would be an excellent source for professionals (or more rigorous enthusiasts than myself). The author was careful to stick to the subject matter of "superstitions" and avoided the temptation to get more into witchcraft, for example, as he sees those as distinctly different subjects, albeit with some unavoidable overlap. I found it especially interesting when discussing areas such as how intellectuals (at various times) tried to distinguish mere superstition from valid religious ceremonies and rituals, and how those lines could certainly be unclear as both tended to exhibit very similar features. There is plenty of discussion around how Protestants and Catholics saw things differently (often accusing and attacking each other's superstitious practices) throughout the Reformation era. In the end, I did learn alot and did enjoy the read, I just found the material to be fairly tedious (at times) as a non-professional, that's all.Read more ›
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