dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #255

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> Does anyone know of a readable history of the shift in Western 
> education from theological to humanistic and then scientific? Could 
> be a really interesting story, if well-told.

Its a while since I read it but you might try Keith Thomas' Religion 
and the Decline of magic, tho' it only covers the period between the 
collapse of the medieval church until 1700

The blurb says:
"Witchcraft, astrology, divination and every kind of popular magic 
flourished during this period. At the same time men began to reach 
for a scientific explanation of the universe, and the Protestant 
Reformation attempted to take the magic out of religion."

The focus is on thought rather than education however. I remember 
soem fascinating stuff about the medievals using prayers in the 
same way as magical charms and there's a hilarious account of 
the bad behaviour of church congregations (at that time they were 
fined if they did not go).

You are trapped in that bright moment where you learned your doom.
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