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The Strange and wonderful history of Mother Shipton

I am afraid I have been very unwell and ended up in hospital this week, so the post on flying witches hasn’t been finished. So in the interest of getting a post up on time (while also getting my prescribed rest) I am instead posting a small piece...
From: Enchanted History on 15 Nov 2015

Distance and Sabbats in early modern English ‘witch plays’

This week’s post will be short and sweet, and be my first return to the early modern period in four weeks. via In her book Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750, Marion Gibson pointed out that Thomas Middleton distanced the...
From: Enchanted History on 10 Nov 2015

Malleus Maleficarum

*Note, this blog contains some obscenities. If you find that offensive, please do not continue reading.When it comes to fictional witches on our television screens (or our computers or tablets, come to think of it) there is often a simple dichotomy: good...
From: Enchanted History on 18 Oct 2015

Daemoni, etiam vera dicenti, non est credendum

Even when the Devil tells the truth, he must not be believed.via  One of the interesting Latin phrases my father taught me was Daemoni, etiam vera dicenti, non est credendum. The idea that the Devil is so deceitful that even his use of the truth...
From: Enchanted History on 4 Oct 2015

Crayfish and Monkeys and Dogs! Oh My!

image viaL.P. Hartley wasn’t wrong when he said ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’; he was just woefully understating the case. When you first encounter many aspects of early modern culture and belief systems...
From: Enchanted History on 27 Sep 2015

"Where God hath a temple, the [D]evil will have a chapel": Roman Catholics, Witches, and Fear of 'the Devil within'

  This post began as a response to the oft-repeated questions I got from other academics and friends on how many Recusants were tried for witchcraft and/or what is the connection between witchcraft and Catholicism in early modern England?Early...
From: Enchanted History on 20 Sep 2015

"[A]nd he wold be a husband to her...": Marriage to the Devil in the East Anglia Witch Trials

Hi there! I thought it might be interesting to begin this blog with one of the more bizarre aspects of the trials I focus on in my doctoral thesis: women who claimed to have married the Devil.This is an extract from a paper I gave at the Perspectives...
From: Enchanted History on 13 Sep 2015

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