Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Thomas Waters (Author)

Product Details

Yale University Press
Publish Date
October 07, 2019
6.4 X 1.5 X 9.3 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Waters is lecturer in history at Imperial College London and a specialist in the modern history of witchcraft and magic.


"A timely account of the ebb and flow of belief in the black arts in modern times. It's fascinating, well-researched and utterly compelling."--Michelle Paver, author of Wakenhyrst
"This is one of those pioneering studies which immediately establishes a mastery of its field. It is broad, adventurous, subtle, painstaking and in places perhaps controversial: at once a glittering debut and a monument of scholarship."--Ronald Hutton, author of The Witch
"Built around numerous intriguing case studies, Cursed Britain charts the continued fear of witchcraft and harmful magic in Britain and beyond over the last two centuries. Authoritative and engaging, Waters' book explores and explains why we should seek to understand the magical beliefs of our recent ancestors, and also requires us to reflect on the continued belief in malign forces."--Owen Davies, author of A Supernatural War
"An important and timely investigation into how malevolent magic and counter magic has survived, adapted, declined, and revived in the modern age. This is also a very human history of fear, power, influence and imagination. Fascinating."-- Karl Bell, author of The Magical Imagination