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Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History
Owen Davies
Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
Graham Hancock, Rick Strassman, Roy Watling
When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World
Leon Festinger, Henry W. Riecken, Stanley Schachter
Madame Tussaud: and the History of Waxworks
Pamela M. Pilbeam
World Famous Cults and Fanatics - Colin Wilson

Yep, what Jim Morrison says, only make that insanely stupid, horribly misguided, unbelievably naive, gullible, downright nasty, bloody thirsty and vicious. Here we have Shakers, Ticklers, Mutilators, Flagellants, Assassins, Thugs, and a host of other religion-obsessed whackos.


A few quotes from the book: 


"Margaret then shouted: "It has been revealed to me that Elizabeth shall sacrifice herself," and she hit her sister on the head with a hammer. Then the remaining ten people in the room--including Margaret's other brothers and sisters--proceeded to beat Elizabeth with crowbars, hammers and wedges. "Don't worry,'' Margaret shouted, "I will raise her from the dead." (The Crucifixion of Margaret Peter)


"Surrounded by adoring women, he would call upon the "full spirit" to descend on them. They would sway and chant, clapping rhythmically, and as the excitement became hysterical, Joshua would cry: "Begone vile clothes," and start to fling his robes around the room. The women would do the same..." ( Franz Creffield, or Joshua the Second)


"In what seemed a peace gesture, Matthias went out to pick a big bowl of blackberries, a favourite dessert of Pierson's. Two others tried a few at dinner, but said they tasted bitter...On the fifth day of his illness, Pierson was found lying on his bedroom floor in a coma." (The Poisonous Prophet)


I don't recommend reading this book on a full stomach. It sickened me, terrified me, and made me shake my head in absolute disbelief.


It was also a hoot. I haven't laughed so much in years. 



Well worth reading.