Category Archives: witchcraft

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Warding off Witchcraft

This month’s Archaeology magazine has some photos from Knole House in Kent showing a series of hatch marks carved into the floor beneath where the protestant King James I would have slept in the early 1600’s.  The marks are intended … Continue reading

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Studying Magic in the Middle Ages

One of the frustrations of being a fantasy writer is confronting the accusation that one can simply make it all up. The best authors, IMHO, use a combination of reality and imagination to bring a new world to life. To … Continue reading

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Werewolves in Medieval History

Whether you’re more Team Jacob or “Werewolves of London” you know that werewolves are hot right now (both in sales, and apparently, in sex appeal). But their prevalence in the Urban Fantasy genre might obscure their long history. My eyes … Continue reading

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The Museum of Witchcraft

Here’s an interesting resource, both on-line and in the flesh:  the Museum of Witchcraft, in Boscastle, Corwall, UK http://www.museumofwitchcraft.com/index.php  There’s an online guidebook to the museum, a tour of some interesting artifacts, and searchable on-line library and images.  I wish … Continue reading

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