Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

9781169305984: Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

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The Classics of Preternatural History series explores areas of the occult, pseudoscience, and the supernatural that have had a lasting impact upon the history and psyche of civilizations.

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When did witchcraft make its appearance in Ireland, and what was the progress therein? It seems probable that this belief, together with certain aspects of fairy lore hitherto unknown to the Irish, and ideas relative to milk and butter magic, may in the main be counted as results of the Anglo-Norman invasion, though it is possible that an earlier installment of these came in with the Scandinavians. With our present knowledge we cannot trace its active existence in Ireland further back than the Kyteler case in 1324; and this, though it was almost certainly the first occasion on which the evil made itself apparent to the general public, yet seems to have been only the culmination of events that had been quietly and unobstrusively happening for some little time previously.

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