The Cock Lane Ghost of 1762 : an 18C intersection between magic and religion

In January 1762 the parish clerk at St Sepulchre's in Cock Lane, Richard Parsons, invited a genteel man to come and witness a terrifying atrocity taking place in his home. An inexplicable haunting, anchored to his young 12 year old daughter, was ensuing. The young girl reported communications with Fanny Lynes, who wished to be... Continue Reading →

Mesmerism – 19th century magic

A topic that seems to crop up every so often amongst my religious primary sources in the 19th century is an interesting topic which has little or nothing to do with my PhD research on love & religion - yet is too fascinating a topic not to notice. This is the topic of mesmerism, or... Continue Reading →

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