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Mostrando postagens de fevereiro, 2017

The Witch, the Cunning One and the Famulus

A Review of: StevePatterson: Spells from the Wise Woman’s Cottage (Troy Books 2016) & Giles Watson:A Witch’s Natural History (Troy Books 2013) Steve Patterson’s book is based on the exhibition in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle with the same name and using this historical depiction of a cunning woman’s kitchen/workspace Patterson is leading us into a greater presentation of folk magic and cunning practices in the West Country commonly ascribed to the wayside witches by Cecil Williamson. Also found here is Old Joan’s Book of Spells, a collection of spells demonstrating the art practiced by the wayside witches at the sea shore of the West Country since the 18 th Century. Patterson is in this presentation of spells and arsenal also occupied with time and world view and is using this presentation to also enter into the significant historical transition that marked the modern idea of Witchcraft through the friendship and eventually alienation and p