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Hidden Charms 2: Exploring the Magical Protection of Buildings.

Ed. John Billingsley, Brian Hoggard & Jeremy Harte

118pp. £9.00

ISBN 978 0 948635 12 0

Throughout the history of human settlement, people have sought to protect their living spaces both practically and magically. The Hidden Charms conference was inaugurated in 2016 in answer to a perceived need for a national forum – the first for thirty years – to focus public and scholarly attention towards the widespread use of magical protective customs in different cultures. This volume contains papers presented at the 2nd conference, held at the Medieval Hall in Salisbury, England, on April 21st 2018. Authors explore here some of the mysterious folk esoterica and paraphernalia reported from Britain, Romania, Albania and the United States, including marks, concealments and other customs. Published by Northern Earth Books in association with Apotropaios and The Folklore Society

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Charming Calderdale.

John Billingsley

76pp. £8.00

ISBN 978 0 948635 13 7

The protection of houses and buildings from misfortune or ill-intent is a feature of cultures all over the world. Applications range from integral architectural features to graffiti, from items displayed on exteriors to concealed within recesses. Calderdale is a microcosm of wider traditions, and is rich in its preservation of folklore and traditions. Here John Billingsley has produced an in-depth local investigation and study of its wealth of folk magic traditions of protection.

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Astronomy & Measurement in Megalithic Architecture. 

Peter Harris & Norman Stockdale

48pp. £3.75

978 0 948635 0 83

The great monuments of prehistoric Britain have been a constant source of curiosity and theory since their construction principles were first forgotten, millennia ago.  It has long been argued that the megalith builders used a standard measurement which naturally enough is not the same as any we use today. A number of proposed measurements have been put forward, the best known of which is the Megalithic Yard of Alexander Thom. Thom’s measure has come under critical study in recent decades. Here, the authors suggest a new measurement, are fine ment not so far different from Thom’s Megalithic Yard, that more satisfactorily accounts for the layout of a greater number of our ancient sites. A selection of sites, from stone circles to Ilkley’s Swastika Stone, drawn from across the British Isles and Brittany, are presented to illustrate this new hypothesis.

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