The Origins of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

Simon Webb

This book tells the fascinating story of the origin of our ideas about wizards, witches, and fairies.
Date Published :
February 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399000079
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$34.95
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Overview
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This book tells the fascinating story of the origin of our ideas about wizards, witches and fairies. We all have a clear mental image of the pointed hats worn by such individuals, which are based upon actual headgear dating back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. Carefully sifting through old legends, archaeological evidence and modern research in genetics, Simon Webb shows us how our notions about fairies and elves, together with human workers of magic, have evolved over the centuries.

This exploration of folklore, backed by the latest scientific findings, will present readers with the image of a lost world; the one used as the archetype for fantasy adventures from The Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones. In the process, the real nature of wizards will be revealed and their connection with the earliest European cultures thoroughly documented. 

After reading this book, nobody will ever be able to view Gandalf the wizard in the same light and even old fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast will take on a richer and deeper meaning. In short, our perception of wizards, witches and fairies will be altered forever.

About The Author
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Simon Webb is the author of a number of non-fiction books, ranging from academic works on education to popular history. He works as a consultant on the subject of capital punishment to television companies and filmmakers and also writes for various magazines and newspapers; including the Times Educational Supplement, Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

REVIEWS
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"The Origins of Wizards, Witches and Fairies is an impressive compendium of information that is as informative as it is 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation.”

- Midwest Book Review

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