The Cunning Man’s Handbook

Book ID:
8129
Title:
The Cunning Man's Handbook
Subtitle:
The Practice of English Folk Magic 1550-1900
Author:
'Baker, Jim '
ISBN number:
978-1-905297-68-9
Publisher name:
Avalonia
Edition number:
First
Book type:
Paperback
First edition date:
2014
Pages:
555
Dewey decimal number:
133.4309 BAK
Dust jacket:
No
Language:
English
Photographs:
No
Illustrations:
No
Bibliography:
No
Notes:

The Cunning Man's Handbook - The Practice of English Folk Magic 1550-1900

by Jim Baker, Foreword by David Rankine

The Cunning Man's Handbook is a monumental work of phenomenal scope and scholarship, a comprehensive and challenging exploration of the practices and beliefs of the Cunning Folk in Britain and America between 1550-1900, their heyday. Exploring the social and theoretical milieu of the period, the author demonstrates the essentially Christian nature of the Cunning practices, presenting an illuminating discourse on the concept of magic and its perceived methodologies.

Contents:

A Treasure Trove of Cunning, foreword by David Rankine

A Warning to the Curious, by Jim Baker

  1. Introduction
  2. Romancing the Spiritus Mundi - Practical Magic in English Culture
  3. Understanding the Cunning Folk
  4. Divination, Part I
  5. Divination, Part II
  6. Geomancy
  7. Dreams Natural, Demonic and Divine
  8. Charms I - Charms, Spells, and Curses
  9. Charms II - Protection, Counter-Witchery, Theft and Love
  10. Folk or Non-Computational Astrology
  11. Astrology in Magic and Theory
  12. Judicial Astrology
  13. Conjuration, Part I
  14. Conjuration, Part II
  15. Treasure Hunting
  16. Conclusion