Popular Magic by Owen Davies

Popular Magic Cunning-folk in English History Paperback May 10 2007

By Owen Davies
Paperback
$46.98 USD

Cunning-folk were local practitioners of magic, providing small-scale but valued service to the community. They were far more representative of magical practice than the arcane delvings of astrologers and necromancers. Mostly unsensational in their approach, cunning-folk helped people with everyday problems: how to find lost objects; how to escape from bad luck or a suspected spell; and how to attract a lover or keep the love of a husband or wife. While cunning-folk sometimes fell foul of the authorities, both church and state often turned a blind eye to their existence and practices, distinguishing what they did from the rare and sensational cases of malevolent witchcraft. In a world of uncertainty, before insurance and modern science, cunning-folk played an important role that has previously been ignored.

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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publisher
Hambledon Continuum
Publication date
May 10 2007
Language
English
ISBN-13
9781847250360
ISBN-10
184725036X
Weight
375g
Dimensions
156.0mm x 234.0mm