An experience of witchcraft…

September 30, 2015


The cunning folk and witches who were interrogated in early modern courts of law were not only providing us with a catalogue of contemporary beliefs about familiars, they were also describing their experiences of meeting them. Because historians of British witchcraft and magic have traditionally dismissed encounter-narratives as largely, if not exclusively, elite fictions, they have seldom given serious consideration to the fact that these narratives may have been describing genuine experiences, which occurred in historical time and space By

Emma Wilby
Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits – Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in early modern British Witchcraft and Magic