The Magical Adventures of Mary Parish
The Occult World of Seventeenth-Century London
By (author) Frances Timbers
Publication date:01 January 2016
Length of book:224 pages
PublisherTruman State University Press
Mary Parish wasn’t your ordinary seventeenth-century woman. She was a “cunning woman,” who spent her time in the realm of magic, interacting with fairies, hunting for buried treasures, and communicating with the spirit world, along with her partner, the young aristocrat Goodwin Wharton. Drawing largely from Goodwin’s personal journals, Frances Timbers reconstructs Mary’s life in this microhistory, and explores themes of class, gender, and relationships in seventeenth-century England. Mary’s story provides insight into magical beliefs and practices of early modern history, and sheds light on how class and gender affected everyday life.
—Eric W. Nelson, author of The Legacy of Iconoclasm