Death by Enchantment

Death by Enchantment : Examination of Ancient and Modern Witchcraft

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0241019141
  • 9780241019146

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Much of this has been read before, but Mr. Franklyn's study of early witch hunts and trials also includes such novel minutiae as execution costs (paid for by the poor victim - witchcraft was "big business"). Suppliers might demand 20 pounds "for 20 loads of peat to burn them." Most of the material comes from England, a great deal from the works of Montague Summers, but there is also a section on Salem with some interesting revelations - even Captain John Alden was accused though he managed to escape before his hearing came up. There are endless descriptions of the tortures of the Inquisition, which pronounced such men as Merlin, Martin Luther, Plato and Alexander literal sons of the Devil; and all the famous English trials are recounted at length along with fairly contemporary occult practices (e.g., the mediumship of Daniel Douglas Home). Mr. Franklyn is nothing if not tediously thorough - he is also capable of starting his own witch hunts by claiming that 'lone witches' do exist and usually make ghastly wives. . . "This is not simply the story of an unsuccessful marriage: it is an account of a marriage deliberately destroyed by a lone witch who, not fully successful in driving her sorrowing husband to death, was herself ultimately admitted to a mental hospital." Samantha, look out! (Kirkus Reviews)
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