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Witch, Warlock, and Magician

W. H. Davenport Adams

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. . .Footnote_17_17" id="Footnote_17_17">[17] Boasts. So in Peele’s ‘Edward I’: ‘As thou to England brought’st thy Scottish braves.’

[18] This reiteration of the same final word, for the sake of emphasis, is found in Shakespeare.

[19] A corner or college cap.

[20] An allusion to the old legend that Brut, or Brutus, great-grandson of Æneas, founded New Troy (Troynovant), or London.

[21] Probably the reference is to the sunflower.

[22] The classic writers usually identify the hyacinth with Apollo.

[23] The rose, that is, of the Virgin Queen—an English Diana—Elizabeth. In Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Act iv., scene 1) we read of ‘Diana’s bud.’


The ancient magic included various kinds of divination, of which the principal may here be catalogued:

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Community Reviews

This is an excellent collection of recorded cases of witchcraft, sorcery, and the prosecution of many, many folk in the name of the law. The author writes from a biased standpoint, as is clearly shown by his opinions about even learned men taking part in the Craft.

Lots of history and esoterica to spur this writer's imagination, as suggested to me by Scott Oden. This was an interesting read but rather hard for me to get by the hauteur and Christian bias laced throughout this tome. Still, it kept me taking notes. Not sure I'd suggest it in a general sense; i...more

Well researched

This book dragged on many places at first, but worth reading. It picks up in the middle. Well researched and informative to the end.

Pedantic and drawn-out at times, this 1889 publication did have some interesting tidbits.

2/21/20 update:

Re-reading - more or less skimming - as the history here is actually very good in parts.

According to the Jacobean translator and opponent of witches, Edward Fairfax:
As for witches, he says, I...more


Was a very informative and historical book on witches I enjoyed
It. Took you back time on how stupid and cruel we are

no for me

not really my type of read. more informative than a story