Professor Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire)
3rd June (Wednesday) 7.15 for 7.30 start. £5
Treadwells, 34 Tavistock St, Covent Garden.
Professor Owen Davies is the author of the seminal study of cunning men and cunning women (published first as Cunning Folk, reprinted as Popular Magic). His new book on magical texts is eagerly awaited, and tonight is its launch night. He will be giving a lecture on one aspect of the grimoire tradition, from his latest research. A launch party follows, hosted by the publisher of the book, Oxford University Press.
Owen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. Much of his work has concerned the continued widespread belief in witchcraft and magic in the modern period, and why witchcraft accusations eventually declined in England during the early twentieth century. This has also led to work on popular medicine and folklore, comparative studies regarding France and Scotland, and interdisciplinary research applying anthropological and biomedical knowledge to historical topics. He has spoken at Treadwell's before and we warmly welcome his return.
Tickets will go on sale in April 2009.
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