A big welcome to Victoria Lamb who is here on the first stop of her “WITCHSTRUCK” Tour. Today we have: “How To Become A Witchfinder – A Testimony by Marcus Dent, English Witchfinder, 1554” and celebrate the release of Witchstruck, The Tudor Witch Trilogy, #1 (published on September 24, 2013 by Harlequin Teen).
There are two giveaways for those following her tour! The first giveaway is a daily one for the chance to win a copy of WITCHSTRUCK! The second giveaway is for personalized astrological birth chart and Amazon gift card for framing!! Full contest rules here. Enter in the widget below!
How To Become A Witchfinder – A Testimony by Marcus Dent, English Witchfinder, 1554
The Skills of the Witchfinder
To be a witchfinder, you must be resourceful and cunning. The creatures you hunt are skilled at concealing their guilt. You must also possess courage and boldness of spirit. For you will face terrible danger. You may be tested and tempted by the Devil. You may be at risk of losing your wits. Yet this is God’s work and it must be done.
To know your enemy, you must first study her ways and practices without becoming corrupted yourself. Seek out a copy of Malleus Maleficarum – “The Hammer of the Witches” – and study it to good intent. It was written in Latin in 1486 by a German priest, to “destroy Witches and their Heresy.” There you will find descriptions of The Witch: how she looks and behaves, what marks of the Devil may be found on her body, whether she bleeds or not when you cut her, how to use the ‘pricking needle’ to discover invisible places where the Devil and his familiars suckle.
Other Signs of Witchcraft
A woman who does not weep at her trial shows that she is guilty. A woman who does weep may be false in her lamenting. A woman who shows fear is almost certainly guilty. Question her neighbours for absolute proof. There may be signs of evil-doing such as crops failed, cows’ milk dried up or soured, constant bad weather, young children and animals taken sick or dying: all these point to a witch nearby.
Where One Witch Lives, There Will Be Others
Witches often have an Elder within their coven, who knows the old ways and possesses special knowledge. Take this old woman to a cell and keep her from sleep three days. Give her nothing but water. Question her, examining her unclothed body and asking whether she lies with the Devil. When she reveals which women have visited her house, these will often prove guilty too. Test them likewise until they confess to witchcraft. Then all may be hanged or burnt. If they do not confess, hold them under water and see if they drown. Those who survive trial by ‘swimming’ are witches and must be executed.
Witch-hunts began in Europe during the fifteenth century. Before then, witchcraft was not seen as inherently evil but used for healing or protection. Scotland under James VI, later James I of England, saw a vast increase in witches hunted down and executed, often most cruelly. The Scottish King even wrote his own book, Daemonologie, on the subject.
One of the most famous English witchfinders was Matthew Hopkins, whose clergyman father had ties with Puritan settlers in Salem, famous for its witch ‘hysteria’. Hopkins’ efforts to eradicate witchcraft may have been responsible for the deaths of up to 300 women in the mid-seventeenth century. His cruel methods of forcing confessions from his victims were later condemned, for he made subtle use of torture, illegal under English law.
In Witchstruck, my witchfinder Marcus Dent is not a real historical character, though his practices are based on accounts from that time.
Monday, September 16th – All Things Urban Fantasy
Wednesday, September 18th – The Book Cellar
Friday, September 20th – Harlequin Tour Stop
Monday, September 23th – Two Chicks on Books
Wednesday, September 25th – Oh Chrys
Friday, September 27th – Magical Urban Fantasy
Monday, September 30th – Unabridged Bookshelf
Wednesday, October 2nd – Such a Novel Idea
Friday, October 4th – Chapter by Chapter
Victoria Lamb grew up in the peaceful Isle of Man, benefiting from a vast library of books and a family of writers from which to take inspiration. She now lives with her own family in a three-hundred year old farmhouse on the fringes of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, where she walks most days and writes in a study overlooking fields of moorland ponies.
She has a serious addiction to Twitter, and invites other such addicts to chat with her there about books and nonsense.
The first giveaway is a daily one for the chance to win a copy of WITCHSTRUCK!
The second giveaway is for personalized astrological birth chart and Amazon gift card for framing!!
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
Available on September 24, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.
If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.
Meg Lytton has always known she is different—that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.
With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.
The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy
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