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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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Hunting for a reference in a footnote on the myth that Pope Sylvester II had studied magic and was secretly a witch, per William Perkins. A long night's annotation underway.

Pope Sylvester II (or Silvester II) (c. 946 – 12 May 1003), born Gerbert d'Aurillac, was a prolific scholar, teacher, and Pope. He was the first French Pope, reigning from 999 until his death. Due to his efforts to root out simony and other corruption within the Church, and his connection with science and intellectualism, there were many rumors and legends spread of Sylvester II being a sorcerer in league with the devil.

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.

Witches and devils dancing in a circle (1720)

Institoris, Henricus and Sprenger, Jacobus: Malleus maleficarum. [Metz: Caspar Hochfeder, ca. 1508-15?]. Front cover of binding: 16th-centur...

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

SHADOW OF NIGHT real-time reading, November 5 (Chapters 5-6): "That's part of the MALLEUS MALEFICARUM. I did not know that your Latin was good enough to comprehend such a difficult work, Mr. Danforth," Matthew said. It was the most influential witch-hunting manual ever produced, and a title that struck terror into a witch's heart." Title page from a 1519 edition of the MALLEUS MALEFICARUM (THE HAMMER OF WITCHES), produced and published in 1486-1487. Via @Deborah Harkness facebook

Knights of Lazarus Bracelet Inspired by All Souls Trilogy / A Discovery of Witches on Etsy, $25.00

16th century master illuminator Simon Bening's depiction of the devil approaching Jesus with a stone to be turned into bread

Witch, Warlock, and Magician

the beautiful Auvergne countryside where Matthew was born... via Deborah Harkness