Raising Spirits: How a Conjuror’s Tale Was Transmitted across the Enlightenment

  • Jonathan Barry

Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 117-146

About this book


Despite supernatural scepticism, stories about spirits were regularly printed and shared throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. This case-study in the transmission of a single story (of a young gunsmith near Bristol conjuring spirits, leading to his early death) reveals both how and why successive generations found meaning in such accounts.


Age of Enlightenment bibliography Christianity death enlightenment medicine publishing scepticism spiritualism transmission

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Barry
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  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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