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Magic, Witches & Devils at the John Rylands Library

Delve into the Library’s captivating exhibition and uncover the roots of our obsession with magic and the supernatural.

21 January - 21 August 2016

Ghosts, witches, sorcerers and demons: our fascination with the supernatural stretches back centuries. Experience how supernatural forces shaped the lives of everyone from kings and queens to clergymen and maidservants.

'Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World' reveals how magic, diabolical witchcraft, and ghostly encounters inspired fear and curiosity on an unprecedented scale between the 15th and 18th centuries. The exhibition illuminates the roots of our obsession with supernatural power and explores a world where the Devil was understood as a real and present danger in daily life.

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