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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
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