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Cunning Folk

Life in the Era of Practical Magic

«This isn't just a book: it's a window on the hopes, passions and lives of Europe five centuries ago. We know the horror film version of magic. Tabitha Stanmore - uncovering a whole treasure house of long-lost private lives - adds the rich, fresh, human version»

Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World
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Detaljer

Forlag
The Bodley Head Ltd
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
288
ISBN
9781847927316
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Tabitha Stanmore is a social historian
of magic and witchcraft at the University of
Exeter. She is part of the Leverhulme-funded
Seven County Witch-Hunt Project, and her
doctoral thesis was published as Love Spells
and Lost Treasure: Service Magic in England
from the Later Middle Ages to the Early Modern
Period. She has featured on Radio 3’s Free
Thinking and BBC 4’s Plague Fiction, and her
writing has been published in the Conversation.

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«This isn't just a book: it's a window on the hopes, passions and lives of Europe five centuries ago. We know the horror film version of magic. Tabitha Stanmore - uncovering a whole treasure house of long-lost private lives - adds the rich, fresh, human version»

Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World

«I adore Cunning Folk. A truly fascinating and human book»

Ruth Goodman, author of The Domestic Revolution

«Packed with vivid historical anecdotes, this is an intriguing insight into the magical lives of past people and the history of our own superstitions today»

Marion Gibson, author of Witchcraft

«Spirited and richly detailed … With hundreds of colourful incidents drawn from legal records, court chronicles and contemporary accounts, Stanmore hopscotches through history, exploring the uses to which cunning folk were put»

New York Times

«Illuminating… Cunning Folk shows us that our forebears were seeking answers through the tools they had»

Spectator

«An entertaining history of everyday magic in the Middle Ages … charming … packed with anecdotes … Stanmore takes pains to correct many misperceptions about the period [and] persuasively argues that their stories provide a window on the everyday life of premodern Europeans that proves more intimate than other forms of history»

Slate

«This is a brilliant book, written with wit and vigour, in which Tabitha Stanmore explores the pre-modern places where magic was real, offering not only practical solutions for ordinary problems but a way of feeling about the world, an emotional relationship between anxious humans, cosmic forces, and the mundane mysteries of their lives»

Malcolm Gaskill, author of The Ruin of All Witches

«Absolutely fascinating. Cunning Folk is a much-needed book that draws attention to a little-known but important aspect of daily life. Like all good history books, it tells us about ourselves as well as the past. It will both inform and inspire readers»

Ian Mortimer, author of Medieval Horizons

«The best introduction to late medieval and early modern popular magic yet written ... Comprehensive, humane, lively, and a great read»

Ronald Hutton, author of The Witch

«Tabitha Stanmore’s engaging new social history of magic . . . full of such magical tips and colourful vignettes . . . She’s clearly a sharp reader of social realities, and sometimes offers clear-eyed social assessments of why magical rituals had real-world consequences . . . the result is this cheerful, colourful compendium of stories, which crackles with incident»

Kate Maltby, Financial Times

«A fascinating and intricately researched book that opens a window into another world»

Tracy Borman, author of Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I

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