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Witchcraft In England 1945
A brief survey which gives a general impression of witchcraft in England as it appeared when all believed in it and in the subsequent period when doubt was in the ascendant. Illustrated. Contents: Art of magic; Witchcraft and religion; Maleficium; Familiars; Discovery of witches; Fraud and malice; Alien worship; White witch; Witchcraft in high places; Prophets and ...more
Published by Kessinger Publishing
(first published January 1st 1945)
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This book primarily serves as--and is best when considered as--a collection of anecdotes from English history. Author Christina Hole does try to organize the chapters by theme, but unfortunately the book actually suffers for it: many of the historical events defy easy categorization, so some degree of repetition is required. Occasionally multiple generations of a family will be involved--I think here specifically of the Device family--and that family name comes up several times, in the span of ...more
I enjoyed reading Witchcraft In England and found it quite informative. I appreciated her documented accounted of multiple witchcraft cases with direct quotes from those involved. I also enjoyed learning more about the common beliefs associated with witchcraft and magic in England between 1200 and 1900. I was very excited to learn the details about certain magical believes and practices such as those having to do with sympathetic magic, image-making, and the power of the breath.
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A typical book in the genre. It covers up to some very late cases, one of which was in the mid 20th century. There are many cases which are presented which I had read about before but many that I hadn't, so was pleasantly surprised. I felt the inclusion of a dialogue about John Dee wasn't overly useful and could of been done without considering he has been dealt with extensively elsewhere. A couple times in the book she makes reference to Margaret Murray's work with somewhat a reverant tone, ...more
This book was extremely interesting especially in the time and occasion it was found. My dad found it out in the shed when I was doing some recent studies on witchcraft and so I was quite taken into reading it. The book itself is very informative and the old look it has drew me to it even more. If you can find it, I may consider you to read it if you've been curious, interested in or may want to know a few more facts about this witch-craft.
There are a lot of excellent stories about witchcraft in this collection but the majority of them defer to The Discoverie of Witches as a source with little to no historical investigation to accompany them. There is no underlying thesis that Hole is attempting to convince the reader of and structure is rambling at best.
It's odd to put a book on witchcraft in non-fiction, but it's really a history of the belief in witches and magic and a history of the persecution of witches in England. The book is well-written and interesting, although the author occasionally sounds like she believes in what she's talking about.
Apr 07, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it · review of another edition
3.5 stars. Quick and interesting read, but old and likely outdated. I wouldn't put it on a "must read" list, but wouldn't encourage against reading it if one happened to come across it, either.