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Hundreds of 'witch bottles' have been discovered across Britain and America, typically buried in door frames and under thresholds as a ward against malicious witchcraft. In this first ever in-depth monograph on the subject, scholar Daniel Harms sets out what the present evidence can reveal about the history and culture of this particular practice. He discusses its possible origins in the ancient world, the earliest appearances of witch bottles in Britain, and their eventual spread into the New World. With a foreword by Alexander Cummins, this is an important work synthesising what research up till now has been able to reveal about this well-known but much misunderstood practice.


London: Avalonia Books, 2022. Paperback, 118 pages. New.

Witch Bottles - Daniel Harms