Readership: All those interested in the history of magic and witchcraft and the history of modern America.
Owen Davies, Professor of Social History, University of Hertfordshire
Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. He has written extensively on the history of magic, witchcraft, ghosts, and popular medicine, including The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts (2007), Grimoires: A History of Magic Books (2009), Paganism: A Very Short Introduction (2011), and Magic: A Very Short Introduction (2012). He is also the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
"Davies tells a highly original story, yet one that makes instant sense. This is a vivid, arresting, insightful book, written with sympathy and human understanding. It extends Davies's reputation as an original thinker in the field, when so much work is derivative or merely illustrative of well-established ideas." - Malcolm Gaskill, Fortean Times
"This will be an essential work for researchers into both witchcraft beliefs and folk medicine for some considerable time, and a study which is entirely readable for the non-specialist reader." - Peter Rogerson, Magonia Review of Books
"An informative, useful
introduction to a fascinating aspect of American culture that clearly demonstrates that witch beliefs in the US did not end with Salem ... Recommended." - L.B. Gimelli, CHOICE
2: Magic of a New Land
3: The Law
5: Dealing with Witches
6: Dealing with Witch Believers
8: Witch Killings Up Close
9: Times a'Changing