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Medieval royal witches: from Elizabeth Woodville to Queen Joan of Navarre

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On 23 January 1484, the English parliament issued Titulus Regius, explaining why the newly crowned Richard III was the legitimate heir to the throne instead of the children of his brother, King Edward IV, and Elizabeth Woodville. Among the reasons listed was the fact that Edward and Elizabeth’s marriage only came about “by Sorcerie and…

Medieval ‘witch’ skeleton found under stones designed to ‘stop her spirit rising’

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The grave of a medieval ‘witch’ who appears to have been burnt alive before being hurriedly tossed into a pit has been unearthed in Italy. The teenager’s remains were covered with heavy stone slabs, which archaeologists believe were put in place to prevent her spirit rising. Experts claim the girl, who is said to have…

The Malleus Maleficarum: A Medieval Manual for Witch Hunters

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The Salem witch trials, which began in 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts bay colony, are one of the most well-known and notorious witch trials in history. Yet, this was not the only case of these acts, as witch trials had been conducted in Europe for almost three centuries by then. This was due to the…

Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

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Archaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft. The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera. The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull…

Medieval Witches Graveyard Discovered In Italy

Playing dice is the devil’s work, at least if you were a women in the middle ages. Good article leading up to the Halloween season. ~The Archivist Here’s a macabre reminder of what happened to women who got out of line in medieval times. 800-year-old remains were found with seven nails driven through the jaw…