Mystic London: Or, Phases of Occult Life in the Metropolis

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Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2011 - History - 420 pages
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The Anglican clergyman and founding member of the Society of the Holy Cross, Charles Maurice Davies (1828-1910), published Mystic London in 1875. The work is a collection of Davies' observations and researches into urban spiritualism. It includes descriptions of London mesmerists, mediums and sťances, and discussions of Darwinism, secularism and the non-religious. Davies, who discovered spiritualism in Paris in the mid-1850s, and became a committed spiritualist after the death of his son in 1865, argued in this work that the principles and practices of spiritualism did not pose any threat to Christianity and that the two movements had much in common and could peacefully coexist. The work is an indispensable source on the presence of alternative religion in London and for the beliefs and practices of nineteenth-century spiritualists. It offers a fascinating insight into Victorian experiences and attitudes towards the occult and the supernatural.
  

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Contents

CHAP PAGE I London Arabs
1
East London Arabs
11
London Arabs in Canada
21
Waifs and Strays
29
A Lunatic Ball
38
A Baby Show
51
A Night in a Bakehouse
58
A London Slave Market
67
Interviewing an Astrologer
204
A Barmaid Show
212
A Private Execution
217
Breaking up for the Holidays
224
Psychological Ladies
228
Secularism on Bunyan
233
Al Fresco Infidelity
242
An Indescribable Phenomenon
250

Tea and Experience
73
Sunday Linnetsinging
85
A Womans Eights Debate
92
An OpenAir Tichborne Meeting
100
Sunday in a Peoples Garden
108
Utilizing the Young Ladies
116
Fairlop Friday
122
A Christmas Dip
129
Boxingday on the Streets
134
The Vigil of the Derby
141
The Wifeslayers Home
150
Bathing in the Far East
157
Among the Quakers
164
Penny Headings
176
Darwinism on the Devil
179
Peculiar People
198
A Lady Mesmerist
260
A Psychopathic Institution
269
A Phrenological Evening
277
A Spiritual Picnic
284
A Ghostly Conference
290
An Evenings Diablerie
300
Spiritual Athletes
307
Spotting Spirit Mediums
313
A Seance for Sceptics
320
An Evening with the Higher Spirits
328
Spirit Forms
340
XLD7 Sitting with a Sibyl
347
XLV Spiritualists and Conjurers
355
Pros and Cons of Spiritualism
363
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