Popular Magic : Cunning-folk in English History, Paperback Book

Popular Magic : Cunning-folk in English History Paperback



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 264 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781847250360



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