Bygone Beliefs: Being a Series of Excursions in the Byways of Thought
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Bygone Beliefs: Being a Series of Excursions in the Byways of Thought

By H. Stanley (Herbert Stanley) Redgrove
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Some characteristics of mediaeval thought; Pythagoras and his philosophy; Medicine and magic; Superstitions concerning birds; The powder of sympathy; a curious medical superstition; The belief in talismans ceremonial magic in theory and practice; Architectural symbolism; The quest of the philosopher's stone; The Phallic element in alchemical doctrine; Roger Bacon: an appreciation; The Cambridge Platonists.

Table of Contents
  • BYGONE BELIEFS BEING A SERIES OF EXCURSIONS IN THE BYWAYS OF THOUGHT
    • TO MY WIFE
    • PREFACE
  • BYGONE BELIEFS
    • I. SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF MEDAEVAL THOUGHT
    • II. PYTHAGORAS AND HIS PHILOSOPHY
    • III. MEDICINE AND MAGIC
    • IV. SUPERSTITIONS CONCERNING BIRDS
    • V. THE POWDER OF SYMPATHY: A CURIOUS MEDICAL SUPERSTITION
    • VI. THE BELIEF IN TALISMANS
    • VII. CEREMONIAL MAGIC IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
    • VIII. ARCHITECTURAL SYMBOLISM
    • IX. THE QUEST OF THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
    • X. THE PHALLIC ELEMENT IN ALCHEMICAL DOCTRINE
    • XI. ROGER BACON: AN APPRECIATION
    • XII. THE CAMBRIDGE PLATONISTS
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