Originally published at: https://library.hrmtc.com/2017/02/02/a-history-of-magic/
Bkwyrm reviews A History of Magic by Richard Cavendish in the Bkwyrm archive.
This isn't a flip-through book, and don't try to read it in one sitting. It's densely packed with information on the history of magical practices in the world. The work has a ceremonial magick focus, rather than Pagan, and is well worth reading - if you can get through it. Cavendish writes in a dry, scholarly style, complete with footnotes, bibliography, and an index. Some of the facts may be up for discussion, like the idea that all the witches in England united to keep Hitler from invading, but the work is a good broad general overview. Does not go into too much detail about modern practices and does not contain rituals.