Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions

Author(s): Chloe Rhodes


This collection investigates the origins of our most intriguing old-fashioned superstitions, many of which we still find ourselves abiding by today. Hundreds of the beliefs passed down through the generations have their foundations in our ancestors' efforts to ward off evil, which they blamed for hardship, illness and injustice in times when life was, as often as not, 'nasty, brutish and short'. "Black Cats and Evil Eyes" sets these superstitions in their historical and social context, explaining how fear of the Devil, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove people to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel dark forces and allow them to live long and healthy lives. In examining many of our common superstitions, this book illuminates the customs, beliefs and practices that link us to an ancient, and often darker, human past.


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A look at some of our commonest and most ingrained superstitions, examining their origins and history, and showing how they have been handed down to us, sometimes through countless generations.

Chloe Rhodes is a writer and journalist. Her most recent works for Michael O'Mara Books are A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched From Other Languages, and One For Sorrow ... : A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore.

General Fields

  • : 9781843178873
  • : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • : August 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chloe Rhodes
  • : Hardback
  • : 1012
  • : 001.96
  • : 192
  • : Illustrations