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"On this day, October 11, 2009: "'Gerbert. From Aurillac? *The* Gerbert of Aurillac, the tenth-century pope who reputedly owned a brass head that spoke oracles?' The fact that Gerbert was a vampire and had once been pope was of much less interest to me than was his reputation as a student of science and magic." A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES Image: Sylvester II (Gerbert of Aurillac) with the devil,Martinus Oppaviensis, Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum. ~1460." via Deborah Harkness facebook

The infamous Malleus Maleficarum ( The Hammer of the Witches ) ca. 1508 - 1515, housed at the University of Glasgow Library. keywords: witch, Inquisition, satan, demons, wicca, occult, oddity, devil, antiquarian book, binding, evil, religion, history, politics, burning, warlock, christian, church, magic

Frontispiece of The Discovery of Witches - Matthew Hopkins This woodcut depicts the self-styled Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, with witches and their familiar spirits. Familiars were thought to be demonic imps which would assist the witches with their magic, often in animal form. Hopkins, Matthew, d. 1647. The discovery of witches. London, for R. Royston, 1647; quarto (Sp Coll Ferguson Ag-d.47)

Punch and Judy & the Devil..... marionettes. vintage French?

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES real-time reading, October 31 (chapter 42): "With a twist of the golden hands, the three rings fanned out in his palm. Each band was engraved, the words twining around the flat surfaces." The model for Ysabeau's ring, a "poesy ring" now in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The North Berwick witch trials were the trials in 1590 of a number of people from East Lothian, Scotland, accused of witchcraft in the St Andrew's Auld Kirk in North Berwick. They ran for two years and implicated seventy people.

Midwife and the Witch

Title page of The Discovery of Witches Matthew Hopkins was England’s most notorious witch-hunter, and centred his activities in Essex and the surrounding counties.

shadows... (Les Deux Abbesses, the Auvergne) Via Deborah Harkness

Vintage 1976 The Supernatural Witches & Witchcraft Book, Danbury Press, Witch Panic, Witches of Salem, The Black Mass, White Witches. by TheIDconnection

Juliette Binoche as Ysabeau, in A Discovery Of Witches