By Karen Louise Jolly
In 10th- and eleventh-century England, Anglo-Saxon Christians retained an previous people trust in elves as tremendous harmful creatures able to harming unwary people. To chase away the afflictions because of those invisible beings, Christian clergymen changed conventional elf charms by means of including liturgical chants to natural treatments. In Popular faith in overdue Saxon England, Karen Jolly strains this cultural intermingling of Christian liturgy and indigenous Germanic customs and argues that elf charms and related practices characterize the profitable Christianization of local folklore. Jolly describes a twin technique of conversion during which Anglo-Saxon tradition turned Christianized yet whilst left its personal precise imprint on Christianity. Illuminating the artistic points of this dynamic dating, she identifies liturgical folks drugs as a center floor among renowned and elite, pagan and Christian, magic and miracle. Her research, drawing at the version of well known faith to redefine folklore and magic, unearths the richness and variety of past due Saxon Christianity.