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Marsh Wizards. Witches & Cunning Men

by Arthur Morrison

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Only 100 hardcover copies of this book exist. Each book is decorated with hand-embossed talismans of 22 karat gold on the cover and rear. Needless to say, it's quite a book. The book is a collection of essays about 19th century English witchcraft, specifically focusing on the marshlands of Essex. Two historic figures are discussed at length, Cunning Murrell and George Pickingill. These guys were wizards in the truest sense to the term and the last of the old world cunning folk before the re-invention of witchcraft in the 20th century. Both were widely feared and respected throughout the region. The book discusses some of their techniques and methodologies. It also contains vintage etchings of the men and a photograph of Pickingill taken in the mid 1800s.

I found the book absolutely fascinating. Both men were more than likely prodigies or savants. Even without formal medical education both could cure ailments in people and animals. Cunning Murrell had the heavens memorized and could allegedly predict the future through astrology. He predicted the time of his own death right down to the minute years before it happened.

The talismans that decorate the cover and rear are seals of protection reproduced from one of Cunning Murrell's hand-written books on magick; a book that survives to this day. ( )
  Dead_Dreamer | Jan 12, 2010 |
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