Fortune telling, culture, law, and gender in Ireland, c.1691–1840

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This chapter explores fortune telling in an overlooked period (the long 18th century) in an understudied country (Ireland). It charts what they did, how they did it, and how they were consequently treated by the legal system. In doing so, it demonstrates that attacks on magic by ‘enlightened’ Irish Protestants were politically conditioned and relational to the perceived political threat deemed to pose to the status quo.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMagic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Age of Reason
EditorsMichael R. Lynn
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781003049326
ISBN (Print)9780367502775
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 12 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in the History of Witchcraft, Demonology and Magic


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