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In the early modern period, the practice of religion involved various modes of reading and disseminating texts, in both public and private. Most European Christians participated in a culture of religion in which faith was displayed and practiced out in the streets as well as in the privacy of their own homes. Members of the book trade participated in this culture as well, providing readers with the materials needed to celebrate religious occasions of all kinds.
Two unidentified hands penned the Book of Magical Charms in England sometime in the seventeenth century. The book is a distinctive collection of selected passages from works on magic and various occult arts that describe everything from speaking with spirits to cheating at dice to curing a toothache. The book also includes a section of Latin prayers, litanies, and other magical charms that seem to stick more closely to mainstream religious practices.