Popular Magic : Cunning-folk in English History Paperback
by Owen Davies
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
- Publication Date: 10/05/2007
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781847250360