Spellbound by Sophie Page


A unique look at how people have viewed magic and superstition, both historically and in the present day. Images are drawn from many private collections and have not been published before. Objects will include 'Witches in Bottles' spell books and other rare manuscripts. Spellbound explores the concept of 'magical thinking', which describes how people in all ages and cultures have sought to connect with an unseen world of perceived power. This con...

Details Spellbound

Release DateDec 31st, 2018
PublisherAshmolean Museum
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Art

Reviews Spellbound

  • Joss
    I haven't seen the exhibition yet but glad I bought this first. Many images of exhibits of course, but worth having for the scholarly articles on magic, ritual and witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present day. One interesting example out of many is the custom of placing ritual objects up the chimney - when modern folk are renovating their houses and find these curious objects, many acknowledge their significance by returning them after the ...
  • Holly Cox
    A magnificent companion to a magnificent exhibition.