Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Wtiches, Sirens and Soothsayers by Susannah Marriott

Published: September 1, 2008
Pages: 427
Received: purchased
Buy Now: Amazon

Witches, sirens and soothsayers is an intriguing historical, literary and cultural account of the strange and mysterious world of those potent women who have outraged, enchanted and inspired the world with their abilities to see into the future and to commune with the spirits; to heal and magic with their potions; to change the course of events with their allure.
This book illustrates how witchcraft has manifested itself through history across all cultures, drawing parallels and differences between them. It explains how our perception of the witch has changed over time, investigates the fortune of women deemed to be witches and explains the practices of witchcraft today.
Also containing eye witness sightings, poetry and prose on witches, from classical sources and Shakespeare onward, charms and riddles to ward off witches and profiles of goddesses witches who have been called on for their power.
A perfect book for a rainy day, because it's not one long story, but a compendium of smaller stories or tidbits. I loved that it touched on both historical and modern themes. Anything from fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel) to movies (The Blair Witch Project). There is even a section on the Salem Witch Trials. If you are curious about witches or just love reading books filled with short stories this might be a great book to pick up.  Some of the artwork is just stunning. It's chalk full of great witchy information!


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