Witchcraft in Yorkshire and Beyond

WhereGreat Broughton Village HallType of EventIllustrated Talk
WhenMonday 15th NovemberTutorJanice Ronsano

Another talk from one of our members who is also the current Chairperson of the Group. Janice gave an entertaining and informative talk on the story of witchcraft with particular reference to our area and illustrated with images from old woodblocks and other early sources.

Janice talked about witchcraft’s origins from its pagan beginnings, through the publication of the Malleus Maleficarum in 1486 leading to its peak in the late 16th and 17th centuries. James 1st was nearly shipwrecked in 1589 and thought it was due to witchcraft so he changed the law in 1603 to make it punishable by death.

During the early 17th century, Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled Witch Finder General, published a manuscript on the subject of witchcraft and was responsible for the deaths of many witches who he brought to trial.

Janice then went on to talk about the evidence of presumed witchcraft nearer home in Yorkshire. This included the presence of Witches’ Marks or protection symbols found on buildings.

Janice concluded an entertaining evening with some humorous cartoons and a wave of her broomstick.

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