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  • T Masters

    Pope Sylvester II and his 'succubus" Meridiana - who prophesied "Beware the witch with the blood of the lion and the wolf, for with it she shall destroy the children of night" This was the prophesy which Gerbert told to Ysabeau, and prompted her to begin massive witch hunts

  • T Masters

    "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

  • Grant Thomas

    Pope Sylvester II and the Devil (1460). In Christianity, the devil has similar features to the pagan gods described above as they are the main inspiration for these depictions. The attributes embodied by these gods became the representation of what is considered evil by the Church.

  • Jenny Judova

    The Devil (Tarot card) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Linda ♡ Martinez

    Pope Sylvester II (c.946-1003) was supposed to have built a brazen head. This "robotic" head would answer his questions with "yes" or "no". He was also reputed to have had a pact with a female demon called Meridiana, who had appeared after he had been rejected by his earthly love, and with whose help he managed to ascend to the papal throne and (another legend tells that he won the papacy playing dice with the Devil).

  • Dana Anhalt

    The Dark Arts in the Dark Ages « Observatory

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10/11/09: "'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 (DHarkness) Image: Sylvester II (Gerbert of Aurillac) with the devil, Cod. P...al. germ. 137, Folio 216v Martinus Oppaviensis, Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum. ~1460.

As you may well know, the succubus and incubus are basically the same thing, but in different genders. A succubus is a female demon that seduces men, and an incubus a male demon that seduces women....

'a ma vie de coer entier~my whole heart for my whole life' 'mon debut et ma fin~my beginning and my end' 'Se souvenir du passe, et qu'il ya un avenir~Remember the past, and that there is a future.' Ysabeau's ring via Deborah Harkness

Frontispiece from Matthew Hopkins' The Discovery of Witches (1647), showing witches identifying their familiar spirits. Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed Witch-Finder General flourished in 1640′s England, because of the power and influence of the church, anyone who held contrary views was considered a heretic and was therefore assumed to be in an alliance with the Devil.  Hopkins saw a great opportunity in this belief and in the years 1645 to 1647 travelled as a witch-finder (true story)

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)

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

Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828). Nightmare; Witches and Old Women; Album (D), page 20, ca. 1819–23. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1919 (19.27) #witches #Halloween

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528). The Witch, n.d. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Ida Kammerer, in memory of her husband, Frederic Kammerer, M.D., 1933 (33.79.3) #Halloween

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

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

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.

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. Despite his short career - he started only in 1645 and died in 1647 - it has been estimated he managed to condemn over 200 people to death. Hopkins, Matthew, d. 1647. The discovery of witches. London, for R. Royston, 1647; quarto (Sp Coll Ferguson Ag-d.47) - The inspiration for ADOW's title - according to Deborah Harkness