Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Building Magic

Ritual and Re-enchantment in Post-Medieval Structures

Authors: Davies, Owen, Houlbrook, Ceri

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  • Explores the invention and reinvention of traditions regarding building magic
  • Redresses popular interpretations of concealed objects, discovered within the fabric of post-medieval buildings
  • Examines the variety of objects that have been found concealed, including old shoes, mummified cats and pierced hearts
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This book redresses popular interpretations of concealed objects, enigmatically discovered within the fabric of post-medieval buildings. A wide variety of objects have been found up chimneybreasts, bricked up in walls, and concealed within recesses: old shoes, mummified cats, horse skulls, pierced hearts, to name only some. The most common approach to these finds is to apply a one-size-fits-all analysis and label them survivals and apotropaic (evil-averting) devices. This book reconsiders such interpretations, exploring the invention and reinvention of traditions regarding building magic. The title Building Magic therefore refers to more than practices that alter the fabric of buildings, but also to processes of building magic into our interpretations of the enigmatic material evidence and into our engagements with the buildings we inhabit and frequent.

About the authors

Owen Davies Is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has published widely on the history of witchcraft, magic, ghosts, and popular medicine, including most recently, A Supernatural War:  Magic, Divination, and Faith During the First World War (2018).
 
Ceri Houlbrook is a Folklore and History Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her primary research interests are the material culture of ritual practices and popular beliefs, and contemporary folklore. She has previously published on the modern-day customs of coin-trees and love-locks. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building Magic
Book Subtitle
Ritual and Re-enchantment in Post-Medieval Structures
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76765-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-76765-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76764-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 179
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