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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
History of Magic and Witchcraft in Wales, A
Richard Suggett
ISBN: 9780752428260 (0752428268)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Medi 2008
Cyhoeddwr: Tempus Publishing Limited, Stroud
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 235x157 mm, 192 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Adargraffu Ein Pris: £17.99 
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Llyfr sy'n edrych ar hanes gwrachod a dewiniaid Cymreig, a sut y cawsant eu herlid gan gymunedau. Mae'r awdur yn ystyried pob math o arbenigwyr hudol, gan gynnwys y sawl a ystyrid yn ddaionus ynghyd a'r rhai drygionus. Mae'n olrhain y gred boblogaidd mewn dewiniaeth yng Nghymru, a pharhad y gred ar hyd y canrifoedd.

A book exploring the history of Welsh witches and wizards and how they were often tracked down by vengeful communities. The author examines all types of magical specialists, including those regarded as beneficial as well as harmful. He traces the popular belief in witchcraft in Wales, and its persistence throughout the centuries.
Witchcraft for some conjures up the image of the ugly old woman with a broomstick and black cat. This book immediately dispels such images and, chapter by chapter, reveals the true history of the supernatural in Wales. The author dispels any stereotyped illusions we may have about his area of our social history.

Although many of the case histories related here are concerned with the devious or faked magic, this is by no means the general trend. What the author has to tell us about cursing wells interested me in particular, but not everyone will be pleased to learn that curses uttered at a deathbed were regarded with particular fear.

The final case included concerns Sarah Jacob, who lived with her parents on a farm in rural Carmarthenshire. Her father made it known to the newspaper that his daughter was existing without food or drink. This seemed to many to be a miracle, but when Sarah died both parents were prosecuted for withholding the means of sustenance from their daughter. This case resulted in a radical change of attitude to the supernatural.

There is so much fascinating material in Mr Suggett’s book which will be completely new to the reader, and that will surely make it one of the most interesting titles of Welsh history to appear this year.

Dewi Roberts

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.

Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Richard Suggett works at the Royal Commission for Ancient & Historical Monuments for Wales. He lives in Aberystwyth.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
The untold history of Welsh Witches and Wizards and how they were tracked down by a vengeful community.

Wales had a rich gallery of magical specialists (prophets, cunning-men, physicians etc), including many who were suspected of harmful witchcraft. Richard Suggett examines all types of magical specialists, including those regarded as beneficial as well as harmful. Popular belief in witchcraft in Wales did not decline with the abolition of the Witchcraft Act in 1736. Indeed belief in witchcraft beliefs became darker in form and was transformed into a novel form of cursing – the use of cursing wells, many of which are still in existence in Wales.
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