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Cursed Britain - Thomas Waters


This bestselling book studies cursing, unhexing, folk witchcraft and black magic in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries --  the era when we generally think these things had died out. He looks at the activities of witches, cunning folk and magicians: what they did, what people feared, and what the authorities did to try to control them. in doing so, he opens up the raw material so valuable to those who are iinterested in Traditional Witchcraft, the Twisted Path, and the roots of sabbatic witchcraft.  Waters also looks at British colonial views of witchcraft in Africa, South Asia, New Zealand and the Caribbean, so the book contributes to our understanding of colonial narratives relating to beief and magic. This is an important new title, which will soon become a classic.

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019. Hardback with dustjacket, vi+350 pages. New.

22 Colour plates.