Rosamond's Well, at Woodstock
Anon / Anon
Natural History, Supernaturalism, Imposture, Error, Reason
Observes: 'In these days of "hobgoblin lore," it may not be incurious to add, that Woodstock is distinguished in Dr. Plot's Natural History of Oxfordshire [...] as the scene of a series of hoax and disturbance'. Relates Walter Scott's view that it is '"highly probable" that this "piece of phantasmagoria was conducted by means of the secret passages and recesses in the Labyrinth of Rosamond"'. (98) Refers the interested reader to Plot's account and to Glanvill 1667. Concludes: 'This is an age of inquiry, and we do not see why such follies should be left unturned—from Priam's shade to the murderous dreams and omens of our own times' (99).
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