An introduction to the textual history of the story of Thomas Perks from 1703 to 1892, explaining the transmission of the various versions and where it was published/copied.


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  1. 1.
    For an introduction see Richard Kieckhefer, ‘Magic and Its Hazards in the Late Medieval West’, in Brian Levack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (Oxford, 2013), pp. 13–31.Google Scholar
  2. This volume, together with Jonathan Barry and Owen Davies (eds), Palgrave Advances in Witchcraft Historiography (Basingstoke, 2007), offer a clear guide to the existing literature.Google Scholar
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    Joseph von Görres, Die christliche Mystik, vol. 3 (Manz, 1840), pp. 627–30.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    W.B. Yeats, Later Essays, ed. W.H. O’Donnell (New York, 1994) p. 81. Yeats was forced to resign from the Theosophical Society because of his youthful efforts to reproduce a magical experiment in Sibly’s Astrology’: see W.B. Yeats, Memoirs, ed. Denis Donoghue (1972), p. 23: the experiment is discussed in Allen G. Debus, ‘Palingenesis in the Illustration of Astrology,’ Isis, 64 (1973), 226–30.Google Scholar
  5. 7.
    ‘The Doom That Came to Thomas Parkes’ Paranormal Magazine 37 (July 2009), 64–5, available at reprints the letter in full from Lee; ‘The Haunted Death of Thomas Parkes’ by Richard Holland (2010) available at the-haunted-death-of-thomas-parkes/ has a brief summary probably from Lee ‘Raising Spirits of the Dead 1703, Mangotsfield UK’ (with a drawing of the event) available at is based on the summary in Weatherly, Supernatural. Google Scholar

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  • Jonathan Barry
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  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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