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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 February 2022

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The historic role of beliefs in magic and other occult traditions in politics has often been ignored, neglected or sidelined by historians, but the presence of such beliefs is nevertheless a troubling reality that the historian must confront. The introduction explores the methodological and historiographical problems thrown up by studying occult beliefs and politics together, and examines the ancient relationship between politics and occult traditions as well as the distinctive association of political magic with the island of Great Britain through the appealing mythological feature of Merlin, the magician and royal counsellor. Finally, the introduction outlines the scope and content of the book.

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Magic in Merlin's Realm
A History of Occult Politics in Britain
, pp. 1 - 31
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • Francis Young
  • Book: Magic in Merlin's Realm
  • Online publication: 07 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009067133.002
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  • Introduction
  • Francis Young
  • Book: Magic in Merlin's Realm
  • Online publication: 07 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009067133.002
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  • Introduction
  • Francis Young
  • Book: Magic in Merlin's Realm
  • Online publication: 07 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009067133.002
Available formats
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