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Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
This book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and ...
‘A virtue beyond all medicine’ : The hanged man’s hand, gallows tradition and healing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England
From the eighteenth century through to the abolition of public executions in England in 1868, the touch of a freshly hanged man's hand was sought after to cure a variety of swellings, wens in particular. While the healing ...
Witchcraft and the Somerset idyll : The depiction of folk belief in Walter Raymond’s novels
The work of Walter Raymond (1852-1931) is now largely forgotten. Yet his Somerset novels, complemented by his ethnographic writings, contain depictions of local witchcraft belief that are worthy of study in literary and ...
Magic in Common and Legal Perspectives
(Cambridge University Press, 2015-03)
The wider picture: Parallel evidence in America and Australia
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
American Bewitched : the Story of Witchcraft after Salem
The infamous Salem trials are etched into the consciousness of modern America, the human toll a reminder of the dangers of intolerance and persecution. The refrain 'Remember Salem!' was invoked frequently over the ensuing ...
Magic : A Very Short Introduction
Magic is a much-used term with a complex and controversial history. As a concept and a practice, it has attracted the attention of theologians, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, artists, and historians over the ...