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Cursed Britain : a history of witchcraft and black magic in modern times

Author: Thomas E Waters
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Cursed Britain unveils the enduring power of witchcraft, curses and black magic in modern times. Few topics are so secretive or controversial. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Waters
ISBN: 9780300254778 0300254776
OCLC Number: 1143619388
Description: xv, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 20 cm
Contents: Preface to the paperback edition --
Black magic in modern times --
Blood the witch, swim the wizard: 1800-30 --
Tough superstitions: 1830-60 --
Secret beliefs: 1860-1900 --
Healing black magic: the unwitchers of late Victorian Britain --
Occultists study dark arts: 1850s-1900 --
Gone native: witchcraft in the British Empire and beyond --
Witchcraft's decline: 1900-60s --
Multicultural magic: 1970-2015 --
Conclusion: witchcraft's decline and return.
Other Titles: History of witchcraft and black magic in modern times
Responsibility: Thomas Waters.

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"Cursed Britain unveils the enduring power of witchcraft, curses and black magic in modern times. Few topics are so secretive or controversial. 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, from the immense territories of the British Empire to metropolitan London. We learn why magic caters to deep-seated human needs but see how it can also be abused, and discover how witchcraft survives by evolving and changing. Along the way, we examine an array of remarkable beliefs and rituals, from traditional folk magic to diverse spiritualities originating in Africa and Asia. This is a tale of cynical quacks and sincere magical healers, depressed people and furious vigilantes, innocent victims and rogues who claimed to possess evil abilities. Their spellbinding stories raise important questions about the state's role in regulating radical spiritualities, the fragility of secularism and the true nature of magic."--

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"The amount of material Waters has unearthed is impressive, especially given the deliberate invisibility of witchcraft's practitioners. His book is a salutary reminder that the modern world is not Read more...

 
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