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The Roots of Witchcraft by Michael Harrison
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The Roots of Witchcraft (1973)

by Michael Harrison

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Fascinating book with enough "oomph" to make me want to check out more books on the subject. The author comes across as brilliant, but scatter-brained and after a while, some of the tangents he goes off on become tedious and confusing, causing a re-read of what the original subject was for clarity. One has to remember that this book was published in England in 1973, so the language is rather archaic and the memory of WWII is still rather fresh on the author's mind, leading to some unfortunate comments about Germans as a race... ( )
  topazcat | Oct 14, 2009 |
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Epigraph
What Song the Syrens sang, or what Name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among Women, though puzzling Questions, are not beyond all Conjecture.
HYDRIOTAPHIA
I have ever believed, and do now know, that there are Witches: that they are in doubt of these . . . are obliquely and upon consequence a sort, not of Infidels, but Atheists.
RELIGIO MEDICI
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In respectful memory of MARGARET MURRAY archaeologist, anthropologist and scholar with the creative imagination of the poet. With the intellectual detachment of genius she pioneered her lonely way against the ossified thought of entrenched prejudice. By bringing the light of science to bear upon what was then deemed the outworn superstitions of the vulgar and illiterate, she shewed the antiquity no less than the continuity of an ancient belief. If I have sought to follow in the path that she first opened up, I have gone the more eagerly in her footsteps because it was she who urged me to do so. S L P Nil tam difficile est quin quaerendo investigari possit.
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