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Your search for posts with tags containing Superstition found 19 posts

The doctors in labour

Print with twelve panels relating to the affair of Mary Toft, “the rabbit breeder”: from top left, she is held aloft by two men and a Harlequin or Merry Andrew, she has a rabbit in either hand; she pursues a rabbit while working in a field;...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 26 Apr 2019

Women Aren't Bad Luck

Detail from The Sailor's Joyful Return, artist unknown, date unknown, National Maritime Museum.In 1808, Cuthbert Collingwood wrote, 'I never knew a woman brought to sea in a ship that some mischief did not befall the vessel.'Collingwood is quoted...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 15 Aug 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: Superstition and Magic in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Princeton Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference, April 20, 2018Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michael BaileyIn an age when authorities attempt to assault our modern modes of critical thinking, the term “superstition” and its premodern...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 20 Apr 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Locating the Ancient World in Early Modern Subversive Thought'

Newcastle University, 12th-14th April 2018Dichotomies have long been used to define the intellectual developments of early modern Europe - reason and faith; authority and subversion; science and humanism; radicalism and tradition; heterodoxy and orthodoxy...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 12 Apr 2018

Superstition, Spirituality, and Religion

Detail from Admiral Hosier's Ghost, Charles Mosley,1740, John Carter Brown Library of Early American Images.Our view of sailors in the eighteenth century is colored greatly by subsequent centuries. Richard Henry Dana's excellent memoir Two Years...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 26 Feb 2018

Forest Spirits and Dull Stories: Toleration as Governing Emotion in Seventeenth-Century Finland

By Raisa Maria Toivo, University of Tampere In 1675, a church visitation was held at Kesälahti, a parish located in the county of Kexholm at the eastern border of Finland, which had been annexed to Sweden from Russia in 1618 and had set the stage...
From: Histories of Emotion on 3 Nov 2017

Countdown Day 2: Why blue flowers should be avoided

A blog by Billie Thomas, one of our Casual Reading Room Services Assistants. Day 2 of our Heritage Open Day countdown will tell you all you need to know about the dangers of blue flowers according to those superstitious Tudors! Across England blue was...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 1 Sep 2016

10 Surprising things we’ve learnt: Heritage Open Days preparation

Heritage Open Days is nearly here and we hope you will be able to join us on September 10th or 11th for our pop-up exhibition in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, here at the Shakespeare Centre.  This year we are looking at the theme of “Gardens and...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 24 Aug 2016

Film Review: The Witch (2015)

Released in 2015 in the US and 2016 in the UK, The Witch: A New England Folktale is soon to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK, having been in theatres in March. Having heard very good things about this film from friends in the US, I finally have...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 23 May 2016


Pour la France, et pour Paris en particulier, l’année 2015 se sera terminée aussi douloureusement qu’elle avait commencé. Il nous a paru opportun, pour cette dernière livraison avant le nouvel an, de revenir sur...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 21 Dec 2015

October Martyrs: Two Out Four Condemned Were Executed

In response to the attempted invasion of England by Spain by the Armada, from late August through October in 1588, the Elizabeth government arranged several executions of Catholic priests and/or laity to demonstrate the fate of traitors. In Chichester...

Day 1: Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 1400-18

It was with great excitement that the team gathered this summer for the start of our three-day conference Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World. With speakers travelling from around the world to Cambridge, we were relieved to be able to welcome...
From: Domestic Devotions on 1 Sep 2015

Fabled Friday the 13th

What’s wrong with Fridays that fall on the 13th day of the month? I thought I might try to uncover the foundations of this supposedly long-held western superstition but as is generally the case, all I found was a mishmash of “biblical”,...
From: streets of salem on 13 Mar 2015

‘Going up in the world’: childbirth customs in the eighteenth century

I’m not sure how many of you will have discovered the delights hidden in Chamber’s Book of Days. A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography, & History, Curiosities of Literature and Oddities...
From: The History Fox on 20 Mar 2014

English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829

Ashgate has published a volume in their series on Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700, titled English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829 by Francis Young. In his preface Young writes: 'In 2009, in the course of research for an article...
From: Magia Posthuma on 11 Jun 2013

The frightening borderlands of Enlightenment

The 'dynamic of historical change may have been less dialectical than is generally supposed,' is a quote from a book by David Lederer, that Peter J. Bräunlein uses in his introduction to his paper entitled The frightening borderlands of...
From: Magia Posthuma on 20 May 2013

Superstition springs eternal

We always say that Voltaire’s battles are far from over in the twenty-first century, but I usually think more of religious intolerance than of deeply ingrained superstition. A few weeks ago Sanal Edamaruku spoke in Oxford, hosted by Skeptics in the...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 9 May 2013

Shakespeare and Hallowe’en: not just Macbeth

The conjuration scene in Henry VI Part 2 from the Boydell Gallery The Elizabethan and Jacobeans had superstitions covering almost every area of life. Supernatural explanations for natural phenomena were widely accepted: the appearance of a comet in 1577...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 31 Oct 2012

The Daylight Gate: Jacobean Japes and Hammer Horror

Those Witches the fat Iaylor brought to Towne, An Argument so thin, persons so low Can neither yeeld much matter, nor great show. Despite Thomas Heywood’s and Richard Brome’s claim that their subject matter is not fit for ‘great show’, The...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 17 Aug 2012

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