Magic Tales and Fairy Tale Magic

From Ancient Egypt to the Italian Renaissance

  • Ruth B. Bottigheimer

Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 185-208

About this book


This book examines magic's generally maleficent effect on humans from ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages, including tales from classical mythology, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures. It shows that certain magical motifs lived on from age to age, but that it took until the Italian Renaissance for magic tales to become fairy tales.


magic tales Egyptian Greek Roman Jewish Christian Muslim fairy tales Renaissance Straparola Giovan Francesco Basile Giambattista d'Aulnoy Marie-Catherine Perrault Charles Couonter Reformation Catholic Reformation Censorship Europe Judaism Middle Ages

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth B. Bottigheimer
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  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityUSA

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