Owen davies cunning folk popular magic in english history hambledon and london 2003 shows how cunning folk known under a variety of labels were a part of english culture both rural and urban up to the early twentieth century. They used to be numerous in pre victorian britain but now they are not even a handful if they are around at all owen davies has written several well informed books on witchcraft and grimoires several of which i have reviewed. Buy popular magic by owen davies from waterstones today click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over gbp20. Owen davies is reader in social history at the university of hertfordshire and the author of murder magic madness the victorian trials of dove and the wizard 2005 bibliographic information title. By owen davies london and new york hambledon and london 2003 xv plus 246 pp cunning folk popular magic in english history is a good solid book that delivers less than it appears to promise to begin with its subtitle is misleading for as its main title states it is about cunning folk and so does not cover broad aspects of popular magic like home remedies or local magical lore
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