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Cunning-folk: Popular Magic in English History

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852852976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852852979
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,489,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Nothing doth more harm in a state than that cunning men pass as wise.' Francis Bacon

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Local practitioners of magic, providing small-scale but valued services to the community, cunning-folk 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.

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4.0 out of 5 starsInteresting, informative bewitching
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