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Irish Witchcraft & Demonology

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Irish Witchcraft and Demonology is St. John Seymour's classic study of Ireland's infernal history. In it he traces and describes the most famous witches and witchcraft of Ireland: from Dame Alice Kyteler in the Middle Ages to a trial for witchcraft in a 1911 murder court. Seymour analyzes the accounts of the accused men and women, their familiars, and associated demons and ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Lethe Press (first published 1913)
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Justine
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a creepy little bookstore in San Francisco specializing in books on ~supernatural and esoteric~ literature 000OOooOOo. It is an incredible resource for a very specific topic, fortunately written in a casual and humorous tone. The author compiled the most comprehensive (and perhaps only) collection of historical anecdotes from this little-known time in Irish history; that alone was really impressive.

The book is split into a number of sections in which Seymour chronologically
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Marianmcclenaghan
A very informative book. The writing is difficult to understand but this is due to the time period it was written. Do not let this put you off, the stories about witchcraft and the supernatural in Ireland are haunting and will stay with me forever.
Rebekah Gamble
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable reprint of a 1913 text that documents cases of "witch craft" in Ireland while explaining what that meant and demonstrating differences in Irish thought as concerns the practice in different time periods. In America there is a lot of grief and pain over "the burning times" and like tragedies that really didn't occur in Ireland, and I was most pleased to find that the book talked about this rather than rehashing what really is modern tall tales and made-up problems. This may b ...more
Keith Boynton
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Just a scant scattering of unrelated incidents, but written in a pretty lively style.
Signor Mambrino
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable little history of witchcraft in Ireland. A lot of the book is taken up with folktales that seem unlikely to have had any basis in truth but there are a few sinister and curious accounts of what were doubtlessly real events. Seymour isn't out to scare anyone and definitely comes across as dubious of the witch craze. A good attempt to compile a history of witchcraft of an almost witch-less country. Short, interesting and definitely worth a read.
Aredhel
It's always amazed me how researches can present documentary accounts of such non-documentary things as, for example, cases of bewitchment or of witnessing apparitions. Being a master in this field of research, John D. Seymour appears in this book (and in his other researches) not only as a researcher, but in some places as a philosopher. But no matter what role he appears in he is always competent and just great.
Mia Morrison
An older book that admits to a limited supply of reference material, Seymour does well to hobble together his incomplete history of the Irish's burning times. Unlike the rest of Europe, Ireland knew a very small witch hunt, mostly spawned by protestant missionaries, english quakers and at least one case of what appears to be schizophrenia. All in all not too bad a read.
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St John [variously pronounced 'Sinjin' or 'Sinjun'] Drelincourt Seymour, BD, D.Litt, MRIA was a Church of Ireland clergyman who wrote about Irish history, folklore, and the supernatural.
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