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In Irish Witchcraft and Demonology, Anglican priest and historian St. John D. Seymour traces the 500-year history of witchcraft and sorcery in Ireland, beginning with the sensational trial of Dame Alice Kyteler who, in 1324, was accused of using black magic to hasten the death of her fourth husband, John le Poer. Drawn from judicial and ecclesiastical records of the day, Seymour's vivid account presents the accusations of plaintiffs and the defences of the accused in their own words. His chronicle of the terrifying afflictions and sufferings reported by the victims of witchcraft and the grim retribution meted out to its supposed practitioners provides an illuminating dark history of what he describes as "the strange beliefs that lie in some remote lumber-room at the back of the brain."
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St. John Seymour was an Anglican priest and scholar who lived in the first half of the twentieth century. His books on Irish folklore and history include True Irish Ghost Stories (1914) and The Puritans in Ireland (1921).
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Book Description Fall River Press, New York, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New, immaculate First Printing of the Fall River Press 2015 Edition. New York: Fall River Press, 2015. St. John D. Seymour's "Irish Witchcraft and Demonology". Octavo, illustrated jacket designed by Elizabeth Lindy, green and black boards with silver spine imprinting, black endpapers, 6+229 pp. New; immaculate. See scans. A rather scarce edition of Seymour's original 1913 treatise on the title inquiries. Ships in a new, sturdy, protective box; not a bag. L38n. Seller Inventory # 61707