A BEWITCHED LAND

Witches and Warlocks of Ireland

By
Dr. Robert Curran
A Bewitched Land

A unique insight into the fascinating overlap between witch belief and the vast range of fairy lore that held sway for many centuries throughout the land.

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Paperback:
192 pages
Size:
196x130 mm
ISBN:
9780862788995

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ISBN:
9781847175052
Category Folklore, History

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Witch trials in the European or American sense were not common in Ireland although they did occur. In this book the stories of four remarkable court cases that took place from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century are told; other chapters chronicle the extraordinary lives of individuals deemed to be practitioners of the black arts – hedge witches, sorcerers and sinister characters.

The book gives a unique insight into the fascinating overlap between witch belief and the vast range of fairy lore that held sway for many centuries throughout the land.

No one is sure where Bob Curran comes from. Tradition says that one moment he wasn’t there and the next moment he was in County Down. He has, however, held various jobs – including gravedigger, hospital porter, civil servant and teacher – has studied History and Education at the New University of Ulster, and has received a Ph.D. in Educational Social Psychology. Bob has a strong interest in local history and folklore, and has both written and lectured on these subjects; he is a frequent contributor to radio, and has appeared on television co-presenting programmes on heritage and history. It is said that Bob currently lives somewhere in north Antrim, with his teacher wife and two small children; but it is difficult to be sure, as he is seen only ‘between the lights’ (at twilight), and then only by a fortunate few.

'Curran's meticulously researched book reveals the facts behind such famous Irish witches as Alice Kyteler, Biddy Early and Moll Anthony.'

Sunday World

'A Bewitched Land is a great read.'

Evening Echo

'Gives a unique insight into the fascinating overlap between witch belief and the vast range of fairylore that held sway for many centuries throughout the country.'

Coleraine Times
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