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WELSH WITCHES: NARRATIVES OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC FROM 16TH- AND 17TH-CENTURY WALES
Witchcraft was not perceived as a pandemic threat in Wales compared to the rest of Europe. In Richard Suggett’s new book he brings to the reader for the very first time the documents relating to witchcraft, magic, and faeries according to the people who were there at the time. This window into the past has often been obscured by the prevalent pamphlet literature, and whereas across Britain there is little that remains of the pre-trial indictments, Suggett has discovered a plethora of accounts recorded at the time in the archive of the National Library of Wales. As a consequence Welsh Witches is a vital contributor for understanding the imagination and reality of witchcraft and related practices in a way which has not for the most part been achieved before.