Yesterday I was inspired by God. Not literally, but a visit to a Medieval church in rural Suffolk added a bunch of characters I hope will flesh out one of my primary ones. 312 more words
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Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Most of us are familiar with these words from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and with the gruesome hags that stir the cauldron. 417 more words
Whatever else it might be, Witchfinder General is not a horror. Oh, it surely was intended as such (or, shall we say, marketed as such), and it surely was perceived as such in 1968 Britain, but we shouldn’t give too much credit to historical (or even author’s) classifications. 818 more words
I remember visiting Wookey Hole Caves, near Wells in Somerset, when I was a kid (more years ago now than I care to remember).
The so-called Witch of Wookey, pictured above, is a limestone stalagmite reputed to be the petrified remains of a local witch, turned to stone by a monk after she put a curse on a budding relationship when he was a young man. 448 more words
Matthew Hopkins is a man whose name has gone down in history as the notorious Witchfinder General, thought to be responsible for the executions of around 200-300 women and men between 1644 and 1647. 881 more words