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Cultural Anxieties and Ritual Protection in High Status Early Modern Houses


Speaker – James Wright FSA

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were marked by a radical increase in the number of accusations of witchcraft throughout Europe. Evil incarnate was a very real fear for the populace and this led to a raft of folk-traditions being employed to protect house and home from possession. Using the case studies of the Tower of London and Knole, Kent this lecture presents and explains how the houses of the rich were given spiritual protection from demonic forces.

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