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The Haunted Kingdom

Martin Duffy. The Spirit of the Downs: Witchcraft and Magic in Sussex. Three Hands Press (30 May 2017)

The chalk downs of Sussex possess a fascinating history of spell-craft, spirit-lore, rural magic, and a rich tradition of image sorcery. With its situation at the crossroads of eastern and western England, as well as its proximity to the sea, it has witnessed centuries of cultural migrations, which have resulted in a remarkably diverse admixture of spiritual traditions. In Martin Duffy's second major work for Three Hands Press, the eternal strata of Sussex magic and folklore are brought forth in a richly woven narrative that brings these powerful and archaic traditions to life.