The definitive history of how witchcraft and black magic have survived, through the modern era and into the present day.
Cursed Britain unveils the enduring power of witchcraft, curses and black magic in modern times. Yet, whether in the 1800s or the early 2000s, when disasters struck or personal misfortunes mounted, many Britons found themselves believing in things they had previously dismissed – dark supernatural forces.
Historian Thomas Waters here explores the lives of cursed or bewitched people, along with the witches and witch-busters who helped and harmed them. Waters takes us on a fascinating journey from Scottish islands to the folklore-rich West Country, the territories of the British Empire to metropolitan London, exploring traditional folk magic and diverse spiritualities originating in Africa and Asia.
These spellbinding stories raise important questions about the state’s role in regulating radical spiritualities and the true nature of magic.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year published: 2019
Book type: Hardback, 352 pages
Dimensions: 163mm x 237mm
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