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Shriek before lift-off

Malcolm Gaskill: Could nuns fly?, 9 May 2024

They Flew: A History of the Impossible 
by Carlos Eire.
Yale, 492 pp., £30, November 2023, 978 0 300 25980 3
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Magus: The Art of Magic from Faustus to Agrippa 
by Anthony Grafton.
Allen Lane, 289 pp., £30, January, 978 1 84614 363 2
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... or hallucinating the same things at the same time? Mental disturbance seems the only explanation. Carlos Eire, an intellectual and religious historian, disagrees. He invites us to reconceptualise the supernatural by taking weird claims from the past on their own terms. There’s little historical mileage in chewing over what was possible or ...

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