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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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10:33p
Druids and Their Magic in Early Ireland (18th June)
18 June 2009 (Thursday)
Druids and Their Magic in Early Ireland:
Making Sense of the Clouds, Stars, Ogham and Bull's Blood
Lecture by Dr Mark Williams (Cambridge)
£5.00 entry. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start
Treadwells, 34 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7PB

Druids appear frequently in the rich saga literature of Early Ireland, engaged in a variety of eerie magical practices: clairvoyance, psychometry, cloud-divination, shape-shifting, and going into prophetic trances wrapped in the dripping hides of freshly-slaughtered bulls. And yet these actions, superficially so powerfully redolent of the pagan past, occur within literary texts which are products of a profoundly Christian, Bible-saturated medieval culture. How did early Irish monk-litterateurs envision the magic of their one-time rivals, the druids, and why on earth was imagining pagan magic of any interest for these 'saints and scholars'? Mark Williams of the University of Cambridge attempts to provide some answers.

Reserve your place via Treadwell's by email (info@treadwells-london.com), or by phone, 020 7240 8906. Payment confirms booking. Treadwell's hosts courses and workshops taught by most experienced and gifted practitioners we know -- tutors who are not only advanced in their subjects but are also able to consider their practices thoughtfully and critically. Our aim is to make the study of esoteric disciplines available to thinking, well-read enquirers. You can also get events updates via an RSS Feed (http://www.treadwells-london.com/events.php). We have an archive of past courses (http://www.treadwells-london.com/coursespast.asp), and you can also subscribe to our mailing list (http://www.treadwells-london.com/mailinglist.php).

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