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Building Magic: Ritual and Re-enchantment in Post-Medieval Structures
  

Building Magic: Ritual and Re-enchantment in Post-Medieval Structures (Hardback, 1st ed. 2021)

By Davies, Owen
By Houlbrook, Ceri

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This book redresses popular interpretations of concealed objects, enigmatically discovered within the fabric of post-medieval buildings. A wide variety of objects have been found up chimneybreasts, bricked up in walls, and concealed within recesses: old shoes, mummified cats, hor...se skulls, pierced hearts, to name only some. The most common approach to these finds is to apply a one-size-fits-all analysis and label them survivals and apotropaic (evil-averting) devices. This book reconsiders such interpretations, exploring the invention and reinvention of traditions regarding building magic. The title Building Magic therefore refers to more than practices that alter the fabric of buildings, but also to processes of building magic into our interpretations of the enigmatic material evidence and into our engagements with the buildings we inhabit and frequent.
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ISBN 9783030767648
Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Format Hardback, 1st ed. 2021
Series Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
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ISBN-13 9783030767648
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days
Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Imprint Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publication Country Switzerland Switzerland
Format Hardback, 1st ed. 2021
Edition 1st ed. 2021st
Author(s) By Davies, Owen
By Houlbrook, Ceri
Series Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Category British & Irish History
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 179
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 133.4409
Weight 379g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Charms - History, Ritual - History, Protection magic - History, Buildings - Protection - History
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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