Revival of English Magic

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The Revival of English Magic or the restoration of English magic refers roughly to the period between 1806 and 1817, during which practical magic was restored to England after over a 200 year absence. The Revival mainly consists of two parts: first, the initial work of Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange, paving the path for practical magic, and second, the return of the "Raven King's magic", spearheaded (nominally) by Strange. (In fact, there have been suggestions that the absence and return of magic was all the work of John Uskglass, the Raven King. At the very least, he seems to have predicted it.) In this timeline, the Revival concluded with the defeat of the gentleman with the thistle-down hair.

The phrase "Revival of English Magic" is taken from the book Essay on the Extraordinary Revival of English Magic, &c written by Lord Portishead, published in 1814 (although that was not necessarily its first use) [37]. Thus, this usage does not technically include the events from 1814 to 1817. The phrase "restoration of English magic" is used colloquially, for example by Norrell [37] and John Childermass [68], again mostly referring to the 1806 to 1814 period. (For Norrell, perhaps, the Revival started when he first performed magic.)