Decline of Magic - Michael Hunter
Subtitled 'Britain in the Enlightenment', Michael Hunter's book is a study of the changes that took place in the eighteenth century, as the common belief in the world of spirits and magic was challenged. Hunter makes a case against the received wisdom, which is in short, that it was scientists who attacked belief in magic. He presents a case that those who mounted the attack on the supernatural (and religion) were not in fact the scientists, but rather the skeptical humanist freethinkers of the cities, the 'men of letters'. This is an important contribution to our understanding of occult history. It is well written, well argued, and a pleasure tor ead. It is illustrated with sixteen pages of black and white photographs and images.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2020. Hardback with dustjacket, xii+243 pages. New.