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Today I am visiting Pilling’s Writing Corner to explain why magic has a presence in The Cross and the Dragon.

Regardless of class, most medieval folk believed in magic, and despite the Church officially frowning on it, they would often employ it for healing, protection, or other beneficent purpose. By wearing a charmed amulet, my heroine, Alda, is following a common practice. Please visit Pilling’s Writing Corner to learn more.

My thanks go the blog’s host David Pilling, whose most recent series The White Hawk, covers the War of the Roses from perspective of a middle gentry family. Later, David will appear on Outtakes with a post about why he chose a family of this class to show us this slice of history.

Medieval Phylactery

This phylactery (amulet) is from the 13th century, but they were commonly used in the centuries earlier for protection (public domain image provided to Wikimedia Commons by the Walters Art Museum).