Charms and Charming in Europe

  • Jonathan Roper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Jonathan Roper
      Pages 1-7
  3. Issues in Charms and Charming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. David Elton Gay
      Pages 32-46
    3. Henni Ilomäki
      Pages 47-58
    4. Lea T. Olsan
      Pages 59-88
  4. National Traditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Owen Davies
      Pages 91-112
    3. Jonathan Roper
      Pages 128-144
    4. Sanda Golopentia
      Pages 145-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-233

About this book


Historical records of charms, the verbal element of vernacular magic, date back at least as far as the late middle ages, and charming has continued to be practiced until recently in most parts of Europe. And yet, the topic has received only scattered scholarly attention to date. By bringing together many of the leading authorities on charms and charming from Europe and North America, this book aims to rectify this neglect, and by presenting discussions covering a variety of periods and of locations - from Finland to France, and from Hungary to England - it forms an essential reader on the topic.


Christianity England Europe France Hungary Russia

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Roper
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre for English Cultural TraditionUniversity of SheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51972-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52431-6
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