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

Thomas Waters


This book unveils the enduring power of witchcraft, curses, and black magic in modern times. Few topics are so secretive or controversial. Yet, whether in the 1800s or the early 2000s, when disasters struck or personal misfortunes mounted, many Britons found themselves believing in things they had previously dismissed — dark supernatural forces. The book explores the lives of cursed or bewitched people, along with the witches and witch-busters who helped and harmed them. It takes us on a fascinating journey from Scottish islands to the folklore-rich West Country, from the immense territories o ... More

Keywords: witchcraft, curses, black magic, beliefs, rituals, folk magic, spirituality, spiritualities, secularism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300221404
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Waters, author
Imperial College London