Hi everyone, this is Peter Hamilton-Giles author of The Afflicted Mirror and the Baron Citadel both of which were published by Three Hands Press in the states. Since these I have set up along with my wife Atramentous Press, we published last year my third book The Witching-Other: Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch. The premise of the book was that there is much to the witch that involves having to explore the absences ie the silences in existing narratives, and that in fact it is these spaces between which drives us forward to acquire more knowledge. The book has been well received and we still have copies available. Our second publication is by Richard Suggett entitled Welsh Witches: narratives of witchcraft and magic in 16th and 17th century Wales. This book has a foreword by Ronald Hutton.
Publishing date is the summer solstice and pre-orders are live for the standard limited edition of 777 copies.
PF members can check our website here www.atramentouspress.com we have all the information relating to this and future publications.
Welsh Witches: narratives of witchcraft and magic in 16th and 17th century Wales.
By Richard Suggett, with a foreword by Ronald Hutton.
Witchcraft was not perceived as a pandemic threat in Wales compared to the rest of Europe. In Richard Suggett’s new book he brings to the reader for the very first time the documents relating to witchcraft, magic, and faeries according to the people who were there at the time. This window into the past has often been obscured by the prevalent pamphlet literature, and whereas across Britain there is little that remains of the pre-trial indictments, Suggett has discovered a plethora of accounts recorded at the time in the archive of the National Library of Wales. As a consequence Welsh Witches is a vital contributor for understanding the imagination and reality of witchcraft and related practices in a way which has not for the most part been achieved before.
A subsequent outcome of this exciting development is the emplacement of the witch to the metaphysical, along with the acculturation of terms responsible for making the witch an irreversible icon. Looking back into the past has often be regarded as a troublesome undertaking because of the inevitable distortions that take place when making narratives, however we have here the most direct focal lens for understanding how the world was inhabited by visible and invisible beings.
While the book naturally lends itself to the Ewan L’Estrange style, there is much here that practitioners of the olde cunning ways will find useful, and it should therefore be considered a work which crosses the divide between academia and practitioner. For many the prospect of it being about Welsh witchcraft and magic may cause them to wonder whether this book belongs in their collection, but when considering your options on whether to buy or not, you should remember it was the lack of importance given by the judiciary to the topic of witchcraft that led to its proliferation.
For anyone interested in the history of witchcraft, or those who are inclined to look for significant indicators to enhance their own work, this book is an absolute must buy. A requisite for both historians as well other academics interested in the topic, along with those who are concerned in ‘mining’ the material so they might make more from the world they inhabit, surely indicates Welsh Witches: narratives of witchcraft and magic in 16th and 17th century Wales by Richard Suggett as being a valuable addition to everyone’s ‘witching’ collection.