The Appearance of Evil
Apparitions of Spirits in Wales
AUTHOR: Jones, Edmund
PUBLISHER: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press
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Edmund Jones (1702 93) was a Welsh Independent minister, Calvinist, visionary, prophet, topographer, and religious historian. Like many Protestant Reformers and Puritan divines before him, Jones was fascinated by the occult. Throughout his life he amassed what he believed to be convincing evidence for the existence of good and evil apparitions (including ghosts, demons, fairies, witches, angels, and giants) and of the invisible world .
"The Appearance of Evil: Apparitions of Spirits in Wales" contains the testimonies of many witnesses to supernatural encounters in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Wales, from abductions by fairies, and appearances of ghosts, devils and witches, to poltergeist activity. The stories here evoke a spiritually dark landscape in which the malevolent dead and damned wander, and present a fascinating insight into how the eighteenth-century visualized the spirit world.
This new edition presents Jones s narratives in an up-dated and accessible form. John Harvey has collated Jones s second book of apparitions, published in 1780, along with the text of an earlier but now lost volume on the same subject, and material from Jones s 1779 study of the parish of Aberystwyth. Together they represent the most comprehensive compilation of Jones s relations of apparitions ever before published."
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/27/2003
CATEGORY: Body, Mind & Spirit