Lives of the Necromancers

An Account of the most eminent persons in successive ages who have claimed for themselves or to whom has been imputed by others the exercise of magical power

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Author: William Godwin (Edward Baldwin)
Published: 1834
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,471 / 324 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 30.4
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 1,870
mnybks.net#: 2908
Genres: Biography, Reference
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l strength more decidedly bore sway than in a period of greater cultivation; and the strong and weak in reference to intellect; those who were bold, audacious and enterprising in acquiring an ascendancy over their fellow-men, and those who truckled, submitted, and were acted upon, from an innate consciousness of inferiority, and a superstitious looking up to such as were of greater natural or acquired endowments than themselves. The strong in intellect were eager to avail themselves of their superiority, by means that escaped the penetration of the multitude, and had recourse to various artifices to effect their ends. Beside this, they became the dupes of their own practices. They set out at first in their conception of things from the level of the vulgar. They applied themselves diligently to the unravelling of what was unknown; wonder mingled with their contemplation; they abstracted their minds from things of ordinary occurrence, and, as we may denominate it, of real life, till at length they lost their tr

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