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Welsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales by Richard Suggett (review)

Welsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales by Richard... RevieW s 301 RICHARD SUGGETT. W elsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales. N.p.: Atramentous Press, 2018. Pp. 253. Welsh witchcraft might seem a bit of a paradox to some. Wales’s experience of witchcraft, in terms of trials at least, was negligiblecalled . The so- “witch craze” —not necessarily a useful term in any context—was non- existent in Wales, it simply did not happen. And yet, witchcraft was intrinsic to Welsh life in the early modern period, raising the ultimate question so perceptively posed by Geraint H. Jenkins back in 1977: why was the “belief in witchcraft woven into the normal fabric of life whereas witchcraft trials and accusations were not”? There’s possibly no fuller answer than Richard Suggett’s most recent publication on the topic: Welsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales, published by Atramentous Press. Suggett has already done much to highlight the dynamics of witchcraft and the history of magic in Wales, a neglected region in witchcraft historiography, and it is to the author’s credit that he has again produced a highly readable and comprehensive study of Wales’s unique witchcraft prosecutions. These were unique in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

Welsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales by Richard Suggett (review)

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft , Volume 15 (2) – Dec 10, 2020

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RevieW s 301 RICHARD SUGGETT. W elsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales. N.p.: Atramentous Press, 2018. Pp. 253. Welsh witchcraft might seem a bit of a paradox to some. Wales’s experience of witchcraft, in terms of trials at least, was negligiblecalled . The so- “witch craze” —not necessarily a useful term in any context—was non- existent in Wales, it simply did not happen. And yet, witchcraft was intrinsic to Welsh life in the early modern period, raising the ultimate question so perceptively posed by Geraint H. Jenkins back in 1977: why was the “belief in witchcraft woven into the normal fabric of life whereas witchcraft trials and accusations were not”? There’s possibly no fuller answer than Richard Suggett’s most recent publication on the topic: Welsh Witches: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales, published by Atramentous Press. Suggett has already done much to highlight the dynamics of witchcraft and the history of magic in Wales, a neglected region in witchcraft historiography, and it is to the author’s credit that he has again produced a highly readable and comprehensive study of Wales’s unique witchcraft prosecutions. These were unique in

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