Desperate Magic

The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Author: Valerie Kivelson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801469376

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 5679

In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the same period. While European courts targeted and executed overwhelmingly female suspects, often on charges of compacting with the devil, the tsars' courts vigorously pursued men and some women accused of practicing more down-to-earth magic, using poetic spells and home-grown potions. Instead of Satanism or heresy, the primary concern in witchcraft testimony in Russia involved efforts to use magic to subvert, mitigate, or avenge the harsh conditions of patriarchy, serfdom, and social hierarchy. Broadly comparative and richly illustrated with color plates, Desperate Magic places the trials of witches in the context of early modern Russian law, religion, and society. Piecing together evidence from trial records to illuminate some of the central puzzles of Muscovite history, Kivelson explores the interplay among the testimony of accusers, the leading questions of the interrogators, and the confessions of the accused. Assembled, they create a picture of a shared moral vision of the world that crossed social divides. Because of the routine use of torture in extracting and shaping confessions, Kivelson addresses methodological and ideological questions about the Muscovite courts’ equation of pain and truth, questions with continuing resonance in the world today. Within a moral economy that paired unquestioned hierarchical inequities with expectations of reciprocity, magic and suspicions of magic emerged where those expectations were most egregiously violated. Witchcraft in Russia surfaces as one of the ways that oppression was contested by ordinary people scrambling to survive in a fiercely inequitable world. Masters and slaves, husbands and wives, and officers and soldiers alike believed there should be limits to exploitation and saw magic deployed at the junctures where hierarchical order veered into violent excess.
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Desperate Magic

Author: Amanda-Jane Newton

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466992212

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 701

Ever since the loss of her best friend, strange things have started happening to Maddie. The stranger the things get, the more Maddie finds herself involved in a world she didn't know existed, quickly discovering that there are more to some people than what meets the eye and that somebody has been watching her every move. As fate throws her in an unseen direction, Maddie finds herself fighting for her life on more than one occasion. Desperate to find answers, Maddie dives into untouched waters, searching for the truth.
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Desperate Magic

Author: Rebecca York

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 142689578X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4177

Book three of The Chronicles of Arandal Willow was left behind when her sister Rowan fled Valleyhold and became Queen of Arandal. Now she's receiving broken telepathic messages from the new queen, begging for help. She'll do anything to reach her, even if that means risking her life to break through Valleyhold's protective magic. Dragon shifter Cullendor sees opportunity in Willow's desperation. He needs someone to show him how humans behave so he can steal the throne of Arandal from Rowan's husband. After he saves Willow's life, he thinks she's just the woman to teach him. But when he seduces her, he's not expecting her to teach him how to love. As Willow and Cullendor draw closer to Rowan, Cullendor begins to wonder whether power is really more important to him than love. But once Willow discovers the secrets he's been hiding, how will he convince her that his feelings are real? 22,000 words
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Desperate Magic

The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Author: Valerie Kivelson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801479168

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 4825

In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the same period. While European courts targeted and executed overwhelmingly female suspects, often on charges of compacting with the devil, the tsars' courts vigorously pursued men and some women accused of practicing more down-to-earth magic, using poetic spells and home-grown potions. Instead of Satanism or heresy, the primary concern in witchcraft testimony in Russia involved efforts to use magic to subvert, mitigate, or avenge the harsh conditions of patriarchy, serfdom, and social hierarchy. Broadly comparative and richly illustrated with color plates, Desperate Magic places the trials of witches in the context of early modern Russian law, religion, and society. Piecing together evidence from trial records to illuminate some of the central puzzles of Muscovite history, Kivelson explores the interplay among the testimony of accusers, the leading questions of the interrogators, and the confessions of the accused. Assembled, they create a picture of a shared moral vision of the world that crossed social divides. Because of the routine use of torture in extracting and shaping confessions, Kivelson addresses methodological and ideological questions about the Muscovite courts’ equation of pain and truth, questions with continuing resonance in the world today. Within a moral economy that paired unquestioned hierarchical inequities with expectations of reciprocity, magic and suspicions of magic emerged where those expectations were most egregiously violated. Witchcraft in Russia surfaces as one of the ways that oppression was contested by ordinary people scrambling to survive in a fiercely inequitable world. Masters and slaves, husbands and wives, and officers and soldiers alike believed there should be limits to exploitation and saw magic deployed at the junctures where hierarchical order veered into violent excess.
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Her Magic Touch

Author: Kimberly Cates

Publisher: Kimberly Cates Books

ISBN: 1537830775

Category: Fiction

Page: 458

View: 7221

Formerly published by Pocket Books as Magic A Desperate Magic... On Beltane eve, Mary Fallon Delaney steals to a castle ruin where her mother’s allegedly magical brooch has been hidden all these years, waiting for the right moment to summon “Ciaran of the Mist,” a mythical Celtic warrior promised to appear at the hour of Ireland’s greatest need. A legend to be sure, but Fallon is willing to try anything to save Ireland from the marauding English. When she waits for the moonlight to work its magic with the brooch, a naked stranger stumbles out of the mist and she stares in disbelief. A mysterious stranger... As much as he insists he is no Celtic warrior from the fairy realm, this mad Irish beauty insists on calling him Ciaran. He knows nothing of his life before he stumbled out of the mist, his head gashed, and he has no intention of getting swept up in the clash between the Irish and the English. However, when Ciaran encounters the villainous Captain Lionel Redmayne, who is fascinated by Fallon, Ciaran finds himself caught up in Fallon’s world of rebellion, wishing he could be the hero she longs for. A sacrifice foretold... But whatever his identity, Ciaran knows how the story will end. He will walk into the mist alone— unless the passion he finds in Fallon’s arms is strong enough to ransom him from the secrets locked in his past. Yet does Fallon have the courage to love an all too flawed mortal when she’s spent a lifetime in love with a dream? “Celtic Rogues”: 1. BLACK FALCON’S LADY (Formerly published as NIGHTWYLDE by Berkley Books) (Tade and Maryssa) THE BLACK FALCON’S CHRISTMAS (novella: Tade and Maryssa) 2. HER MAGIC TOUCH (Formerly published as MAGIC by Pocket Books) (Ciaran and Fallon) 3. BRIAR ROSE (Lion and Rhiannon) 4. STEALING HEAVEN (Aidan and Norah) 5. LILY FAIR (Niall and Caitlin) “Culloden’s Fire”: 1. GATHER THE STARS (Gavin and Rachel) 2. ANGEL’S FALL (Adam and Juliet) 3. CROWN OF DREAMS (Myles and Devlin) 4. CROWN OF MIST (Creighton and Brianna) 5. MORNING SONG (Dante and Hannah)
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The Book of Dead Days

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 144400204X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5268

Five days of glorious gothic alchemy and evil . . . An atmospheric, page-turning and powerful novel of sorcery and desperate magic by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The days between 27 December and New Year's Eve are dead days - days when spirits roam and magic shifts restlessly just beneath the surface of our everyday lives. There is a man, Valerian, whose time is running out. He must pay the price for the pact he made with evil so many years ago. His servant is Boy, a child with no name and no past - a child he treats with contempt, but who serves his master well and finds solace in the company of his only friend, Willow. Unknown to any of them, it is Boy who holds the key to their destiny. Set in dark, threatening cities and the frozen countryside in a distant time, THE BOOK OF DEAD DAYS conjures a spell-binding story as Valerian, Boy and Willow battle to stop time and cling to life.
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The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191648841

Category: History

Page: 646

View: 723

The essays in this Handbook, written by leading scholars working in the rapidly developing field of witchcraft studies, explore the historical literature regarding witch beliefs and witch trials in Europe and colonial America between the early fifteenth and early eighteenth centuries. During these years witches were thought to be evil people who used magical power to inflict physical harm or misfortune on their neighbours. Witches were also believed to have made pacts with the devil and sometimes to have worshipped him at nocturnal assemblies known as sabbaths. These beliefs provided the basis for defining witchcraft as a secular and ecclesiastical crime and prosecuting tens of thousands of women and men for this offence. The trials resulted in as many as fifty thousand executions. These essays study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. They also relate these prosecutions to the Catholic and Protestant reformations, the introduction of new forms of criminal procedure, medical and scientific thought, the process of state-building, profound social and economic change, early modern patterns of gender relations, and the wave of demonic possessions that occurred in Europe at the same time. The essays survey the current state of knowledge in the field, explore the academic controversies that have arisen regarding witch beliefs and witch trials, propose new ways of studying the subject, and identify areas for future research.
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In the Coils of the Snake

Book III -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

Author: Clare B. Dunkle

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1466803843

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7152

"What is the spell for?" Miranda asked curiously, stepping close beside him to squeeze through the first ring of trees. She didn't know of any goblin spells that used flowers unless they were crushed like herbs. "Do you really want to know?" murmured the elf absently, looking up at the dark crowns of the ancient oaks. "Yes," she said. She had always liked magic. He glanced back down at her then. "It's for you," he said. And the instant they passed the great trunks, his hand closed over her wrist. The powerful final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy Miranda has waited her whole life to come home to the goblin kingdom, but she never imagined she'd feel so alone there. Her beloved Marak, the center of her world since childhood, has reached the end of his reign. But Marak didn't raise a coward. Miranda needs all her courage when a mysterious elf lord takes her prisoner, reigniting an age-old battle. Caught between two hostile races, she becomes their greatest reason for war—and their only hope for a future. In this final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, Clare B. Dunkle draws readers deep into her magical realm for one last incredible story.
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Mixed Magics (The Chrestomanci Series, Book 5)

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007389027

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 176

View: 9215

Glorious rejacket of the story collection set in the worlds of Chrestomanci.
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Hardships and Magic

Memories of Growing up in Germany 1939-1955

Author: Renate Doost-Schneider

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477109897

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 506

View: 1429

This episodic memoir of a girls life in Germany through World War II and its aftermath offers vivid descriptions of the feelings and experiences of a childs life in tumultuous times. Brief, intense memories of the young child are here recalled in the vocabulary of the adult. Gradually, they turn into longer narratives as the child grows older. Strung together and interwoven, they become a colorful tapestry depicting one familys evolution through many hardships as well as periods of beauty and enchantment.
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Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia

Author: Nancy Kollmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139577018

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 5332

This is a magisterial account of the day-to-day practice of Russian criminal justice in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Nancy Kollmann contrasts Russian written law with its pragmatic application by local judges, arguing that this combination of formal law and legal institutions with informal, flexible practice contributed to the country's social and political stability. She also places Russian developments in the broader context of early modern European state-building strategies of governance and legal practice. She compares Russia's rituals of execution to the 'spectacles of suffering' of contemporary European capital punishment and uncovers the dramatic ways in which even the tsar himself, complying with Moscow's ideologies of legitimacy, bent to the moral economy of the crowd in moments of uprising. Throughout, the book assesses how criminal legal practice used violence strategically, administering horrific punishments in some cases and in others accommodating with local communities and popular concepts of justice.
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Magic Man

A Novel

Author: Ron Base

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429901512

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 1936

A charming novel of old Hollywood, first loves, and man with a touch of magic A mysterious young man named Brae Orrack arrives in Venice, California, in 1928, claiming to be a magic man who can turn stones to bees. Brae also comes carrying a curse. He says he will die unless he can find true love---and find it soon. Is he a con man or is he telling the truth? With Brae, it's hard to tell. Like Elwood P. Dowd and Harvey, Brae, with his old-fashioned charm and ease, invites the reader to embrace just a little bit of magic. Desperate for rent money, Brae agrees to become the chauffeur-bodyguard for a spoiled young actor named Frank (Gary) Cooper, whose womanizing ways always seem to land him in trouble. Entering the glamorous world of early Hollywood, Brae falls for a gorgeous, spunky world traveler named Nell Devereaux, who also happens to be the lover of a powerful Cuban dictator. Finally, he has found the love that will save him. Or has he? Brae quickly learns that love does not come easily. New York gangsters, bootleggers, Hollywood producers, and homicidal dictators conspire to complicate Brae's life at every turn. He befriends a young hood named George Raft, saves the life of movie star Clara Bow, and outwits a family of killers in Key West, Florida. He deftly maneuvers his way out of all sorts of life-threatening situations, but time is running out and Brae must somehow win Nell and save his life. Yet even in Hollywood, skepticism of a "magic" man runs high, and Brae battles conventional reality---not to mention his own impending mortality---at every turn. Ron Base writes a witty, charming tale of a man desperately in search of his destiny. Magic Man is part fable and part adventure, a love story about the impossibility of love. "Beautiful women and gangsters, movie stars and dictators all rub shoulders in this delicious tongue-in-cheek debut set in 1920s Hollywood.... Base works his own magic as he crisply choreographs the entrances and exits of his large cast. There will be thrills aplenty before we are done, and disillusionment, but never defeat for the resilient Brae. A page-turner, spiffy and irresistible." ---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Inventive and evocative...There's something for everyone: humor, mystery suspense, nostalgia and, of course, a little magic." -- Publisher's Weekly "What a rich and vivid portrait of Hollywood as the talkies came in and the magic of the silents ebbed away. Ron Base's naïve romantic young hero leaves a trail of mayhem and chaos in his wake. There are mercilessly funny portraits of Gary Cooper, George Raft, Clara Bow, and many others." ---John Boorman, director of Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, and The Tailor of Panama "It takes off with relentless speed, refusing to permit us to catch our breath. Never boring,Magic Man makes for an entertaining and engrossing tale...If (Base) sometimes relies too often on writer-director David Mamet's tried technique, where nothing ever appears as it seems, then we are the lucky, breathless recipients." -- The Edmonton Journal "Superbly crafted...I read it in one sitting...Base kept me guessing to the very end. Luring the reader into believing that a typical Hollywood climax is in store, I was caught completely off guard by Base's end game. Scheduled to make its way into bookstores later this month, Magic Man is a gripping narrative that surprises right to the very last page. Bravo." -- Hour Magazine (Montreal)
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Dark City, Dark Magic

Author: Peter Tarkulich

Publisher: Peter Tarkulich

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 98

View: 6859

Henry Billingsly, brother of millionaire Frederick Billingsly, is found dead with a gun in his hand. The police are convinced it was suicide, but Frederick is unconvinced and has evidence that points to magic-assisted murder. Desperate for help, he turns to someone who specializes in cases involving magic - private investigator Rick Walker. An indulging lover of scotch and women, the smooth-talking Rick is also a darn good private eye. With the reluctant help of the foul-mouthed demon Beluosis, Rick searches for the pieces of the puzzle regarding Henry's death. Was it murder? Is Rick's life now at stake? And will he solve the case in time to pay his overdue rent? The novella Dark City, Dark Magic is the first installment of "Mystery, Murder, and Magic", a three-part story chronicling the continuing adventures of Rick Walker.
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Cathal the King’s Magic Food

Author: Robert Collins

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496995279

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

View: 1064

Cathal was king of Munster, and Fergal was king of Ulster, with an intense rivalry between them as both wanted to be high king. Fergal’s sister, Leah, fell in love with Cathal and sent him delicacies. Fergal summoned his wizard and ordered him to perform his mystical practices so that whoever eats them will never again have a day’s health for the rest of his life. When the apples entered Cathal’s stomach, they turned into worms, but one large worm consumed all the others. From then on, Cathal was constantly ravenously hungry, and he ate the food belonging to everyone in his palace and in the areas he travelled through. Ronan, a medical student, eventually realized the monster could be evicted by the same way he had entered it, by fasting and appealing to the power of the church. Ronan convinced the king to fast and give him apples based on religious numbers. One was for God, 3 was for the Trinity, 4 for the books of the gospels, 5 for the books of Moses, 8 for the beatitudes, 12 for the twelve apostles, 13 for Christ with the apostles. Ronan eventually got Cathal to fast to save Ronan’s soul from damnation. The demon was eventually evicted by holding food up to Cathal’s mouth but refusing to let him eat it. The palace was set on fire, and the demon was destroyed within it. The demon appeared like a lizard swaying in Cathal’s mouth before eviction.
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Demon Born Magic

Ella Grey Series Book 3

Author: Jayne Faith

Publisher: Jayne Faith

ISBN: 099702609X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 7170

In her battle against demon assassins, Ella Grey pulled too much power and it nearly killed her. To save her, Damien and Deb had to cut Ella off from her magic. Desperate to rescue her brother from the vampires but powerless to help him, Ella must find a way to control the reaper that's nearly gnawed through her soul and get her magic back. When madman and necromancer Phillip Zarella offers her a solution, it's too tempting to pass up. But making a deal with the devil always has consequences. And worse, Ella discovers that her brother is the prize in a tug-of-war between Zarella, tycoon Jacob Gregori, and the all-powerful mages. She needs every advantage she can scrape together, or she'll lose her brother forever. Demon Born Magic is the third book in the urban fantasy Ella Grey Series. Don't miss this thrilling world of magic, danger, and sacrifice in the battle against dark forces. This series is perfect for fans of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, and Ilona Andrews! Keywords: fantasy series, urban fantasy series, urban fantasy series for adults, supernatural mystery, supernatural thriller, supernatural suspense, ghost stories, paranormal mystery, contemporary fantasy, paranormal suspense, witches, witch, magic, mage, vampires. Similar authors: Devon Monk, Jasmine Walt, Rebecca Hamilton, Neil Gaiman, Alicia Rades, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Bishop, Dannika Dark, SM Reine, Sarra Cannon, Addison Moore, G. Gockel, Christine Pope, Elle Casey, Christine Feehan, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Teyla Branton, Karen Marie Moning, Nalini Singh, Deborah Harkness, C.J. Archer, Kristen Middleton, Jayne Castle, Kelley Armstrong
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Russia's Empires

Author: Valerie A. Kivelson,Ronald Suny

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199924394

Category:

Page: 432

View: 7392

Russia's Empires explores the long history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the present Russian Federation through the lens of empire, analyzing how and why Russia expanded to become the largest country on the globe and how it repeatedly fell under the sway of strong, authoritarian leaders. Authors Valerie A. Kivelson and Ronald Grigor Suny examine how imperial practices shaped choices and limited alternatives. Using the concept of empire, they look at the ways in which ordinary people imagined their position within a non-democratic polity-whether the Muscovite tsardom or the Soviet Union-and what concessions the rulers had to make, or appear to make, in order to establish their authority and preserve their rule. Russia's Empires tackles the long history of the region, following the vicissitudes of empire--the absence, the coalescence, and the setbacks of imperial aspirations--across the centuries. The framework of empire allows the authors to address pressing questions of how various forms of non-democratic governance managed to succeed and survive, or, alternatively, what caused them to collapse and disappear. Studying Russia's extensive history in an imperial guise encourages students to pay attention to forms of inclusion, displays of reciprocity, and manifestations of ideology that might otherwise go unnoted, overlooked under the bleak record of coercion and oppression that so often characterizes ideas about Russia.
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Forbidden Magic

Author: Jo Beverley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101210435

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1802

Left penniless after her parents' death, Meg Gillingham is in dire straits. Reluctantly, she turns for help to her only legacy—a magic statue that will grant wishes, but at a price.
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Mixed Magics

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061756894

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 208

View: 2802

Dapper, debonair, and wise, the great enchanter Chrestomanci has nine lives and a strong personality as well as strong magic. That personality reverberates in each of these four dazzling stories. A warlock tries to escape Chrestomanci's justice by fleeing to another world-with hilarious results. Cat Chant and Tonino Montana reluctantly join forces when Chrestomanci sends them on a visit that turns suddenly dangerous. The youngest best-selling dreamer needs Chrestomanci's help when she finds she can't dream anymore. And as the gods of an ever-so-orderly world try to destroy the young Sage of Dissolution, Chrestomanci lends a hand. Like Chrestomanci himself, acclaimed author Diana Wynne Jones has a graceful flair, which sparkles in the remarkable wit, imagination, and intelligence of these fast-paced tales.
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Dragoncharm

Author: Graham Edwards

Publisher: HarperPrism

ISBN: 9780061056475

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 1849

The Old Ones had prophesied that someday dragon would fight dragon until there were none left in the world, and now this prophesy begins to come true as the legendary Charmed Dragons confront an army of Naturals, and Fortune, a half-caste, holds the key to survival. Original.
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Modern Poetry Studies

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry, Modern

Page: N.A

View: 7242

Posted in Poetry, Modern