Welsh Witches: narratives of witchcraft and magic in 16th and 17th century century 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
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 indicates Welsh Witches: narratives of witchcraft and magic in 16th and 17th century Wales by Richard Suggett will be a valuable addition to everyone’s ‘witching’ collection.
Standard edition specifications: Blue Buckram cloth hardcase with two colour gold foil block to front and back, with one gold foil block to spine. 100 gsm munken cream paper, natural wipalin endpapers, head and tail bands, book ribbon. 233 pages.
Limited to 777 copies. Pre-orders are open. Release date 21st June.
There is currently one deluxe copy available: Blue Goat Leather, two colour foil block to front and back, with one gold foil block to spine with five raised bands, 100 gsm munken cream paper, gold gild to edge of paper on three sides, grey charcoal Srathmore Grandee endpapers, head and tail bands, book ribbon, comes with navy suedal inside and block cloth outside handmade slipcase. Limited to 13 copies. 12 are sold.
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