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
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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)
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.