The Last Witch Craze is a fascinating, in-depth account of man of letters John Aubrey’s investigation into the witch craze in 17th century England, and the astounding witch trials that followed. Moreover, Aubrey – a pioneering writer and respectable, a leading member of the Royal Society – harnessed a dark secret: he was himself an active wizard, who used black magic rituals to summon demons to try and utilise their power.
The Last Witch Craze additionally delves into the stories of Robert Boyle and Henry More, two men who were early members of the same society as Aubrey. Boyle and More encouraged new ways of thinking and publicly endorsed the use of experimental ideas, leading to the reconciliation of science and sorcery.
Author Tony McAleavy has unearthed Aubrey’s secret ways and manual of spells that have been locked away for centuries in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. The Last Witch Craze shines a light on the insidious and previously unknown side to Aubrey’s life and places it in a wider context through scientific thinking. Featuring engrossing art and photographs that only aid in the voluminous research and peculiar chronicle, this intellectual book will leave you with abundant food for thought and no doubt provoke ample discussion.
The Last Witch Craze, Tony McAleavy (Amberley)
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words JOHN EVANS
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