"The Devil's Plantation", by Nigel G. Pearson. The Black Edition. £36.00 Add to basket View basket Category Books Tags east anglia magic mythology spells Witchcraft Sub-titled East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft and Folk-Magic, this book takes its name from the lost ‘black book’ of a Cambridgeshire witch, and plots of land sacrificed unto the spirits and the Old One himself, Nigel Pearson’s ‘The Devil’s Plantation’ guides us through the witchcraft, old magic and folklore of East Anglia. This is an ancient landscape, and a melding pot for the beliefs culture and magic of the various peoples who have inhabited it over its long history. And yet, until very recently East Anglia has been a land ‘set apart’ and isolated amidst impassable marshes, Fens and uncleared Forests. Thus East Anglia is a landscape in which ‘the good folk’, land drakes, land wights, meremaids, giants, spectral hounds, saintly miracles, wort Cunning, toad lore, folk magic and indeed witchcraft have been nurtured and continue to play a part in the lives of the people of what has aptly been named ‘Witch Country’.Pagination: 272 pages, plus 16 pages of photographic plates plus line drawings and figures by Gemma Gary Dedication and Acknowledgements.Introduction.Chapter 1 – The Living LandscapeEchoes of the AncestorsGraven ImagesSpirits in the LandscapeThe Good Folk and their KinLand Drakes.Chapter 2 – Meremaids, Giants and Spectral HoundsMaids of the MeresHerculean LabourersDark and Demon Dogs.Chapter 3 – Characters of CraftWitch CountryDual FaithWitchfinder GeneralMother LakelandOld WinterJabez FewTilly BaldreyUsing the “Eye”A Little LearningDaddy WitchTry to remember……..By Royal AppointmentSpying on the WitchesMonica EnglishToday’s Characters.Chapter 4 – Speak of the Devil ……. (and He will appear)The Devil in CambridgeshireSuffolk’s StonesNorfolk’s Hills and HollowsLiminalityCunning and Mighty is His NatureMen In Black.Chapter 5 – Witch WaysCircles of MightToads and BonesToads in MagicWith the help of the DeadWorking with FamiliarsPrevention, Healing and Cure of all IllsThe Craft of ContactThe Arte of Ligature.Chapter 6 – Green WaysSpecialist Collectors and GatherersThe Dark OrdersPlant LoreArboreal LoreHealing LoreSome Recipes.Chapter 7 – Folk WaysDefence by Boiling and BottleSalt, Shoes and SpheresBlood, Bones, Burning and BakingSpecial StonesThe Wake of FreyaCharms of LoveSt. Mark’s EveCurious CuresThe Tides of Life.Chapter 8 – Three Crowns and Several HalosLegendary regaliaEast Anglian Holy LandSt. FelixSt. FurseySt. BotolphSt. EtheldredaSt. WithburgaSt. EdmundSt. WalstanWalsinghamPetitioning the Saints.Appendix – Removing a Witch’s Curse.Bibliography.Index. Black Edition; a limited edition of 200 hand-numbered examples in Royal format 234 x 156mm, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibres, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, red end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.