The Ghost: A Cultural History

The Ghost: A Cultural History

The Ghost: A Cultural History ‘Ghosts are woven into the very fabric of our lives’. The evolution of a persistent human fear. In the catalogue of things that might be of enough concern for magical countermeasures to be necessary, the ghost is perhaps one of the most persistent. In this highly readable and entertaining book,…

Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic

Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic

Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic, Bill Griffiths, 1996; reprinted 2012. An immersive and joyously erudite foray into the weirder parts of Anglo-Saxon life – but no index! The late Dr Bill Griffiths was, in no particular order: a poet, an Anglo Saxon scholar and an expert on the dialects of north-east England….

Material approaches to Roman Magic: Occult objects and Supernatural Substances

Material approaches to Roman Magic: Occult objects and Supernatural Substances

Material approaches to Roman Magic: Occult objects and Supernatural Substances     Material approaches to Roman Magic: Occult objects and Supernatural Substances.  Adam Parker and Stuart McKie, TRAC, Oxbow, 2018 Stern theoreticians wrestle with the nebulous and inconclusive. The back cover synopsis of this volume sums up, somewhat long-windedly, the need to extend archaeological research…

Newes from Scotland

Newes from Scotland

       Newes from Scotland,  James Stuart; King James VI of Scotland, 1591.   Possibly ghost written by James Carmichael. Bodley Head, reprint, 1924; Aziloth Books; Illustrated Edition, 2012 (with Daemonologie) Jacobean tabloid journalism at its finest. I feel a pause might now be necessary to allow the more traditional-minded of our readers to…

Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft

Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft

Magical House Protection: the Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft. Brian Hoggard, Berghahn, 2019. A solidly researched synthesis of the archaeological information to date. Brian Hoggard’s 2019 book presents a thorough and vastly increased collation of information on the specific area of magical house protection, a subject first introduced to the public as barely more than a single…

Magic in Medieval Manuscripts

Magic in Medieval Manuscripts

Magic in Medieval Manuscripts, Sophie Page, 2004; expanded hardback edition by British Library 2017.  Small but perfectly formed: this books is a little jewel to brighten the dark January evenings. This is not a manual of spells and charms, though a number are included, nor is it simply a picture book, though the illustrations are…