73. CUNNING FOLK: LIFE IN THE ERA OF PRACTICAL MAGIC

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73. CUNNING FOLK: LIFE IN THE ERA OF PRACTICAL MAGIC
Alice Loxton, Tabitha Stanmore
Friday 28th June 11:45 (60 Min)
Stove Tent by Viking
It’s 1600 and you’ve lost your precious silver spoons, or maybe they’ve been stolen. Perhaps your child has a fever. Or you’re facing trial. Maybe you’re looking for love or escaping a husband. What do you do? In medieval and early modern Europe, your first port of call might have been cunning folk: practitioners of ‘service magic’. Neither feared (like witches), nor venerated (like saints), these people were essential: a ubiquitous presence at a time when the supernatural was surprisingly mundane and a cherished everyday resource. Tabitha Stanmore transports us to a time when magic was used to navigate life's challenges and solve problems of both trivial and deadly importance. Discover lovelorn widows, selfless healers and renegade monks; listen in on Queen Elizabeth I’s astrology readings and track treasure hunters who try to keep peace with fairies. Much like us, premodern people lived in bewildering times, buffeted by forces beyond their control – and their faith in magic has much to teach us about how we accommodate ourselves to the irrational in our allegedly enlightened lives today.
Event Theme: Culture & Arts
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