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Witches and Wards: Magic and Counter Magic in 17th Century England and New England

May 20 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by: Krystina Yeager, Education Manager at Historic Beverly and Historian’s Guide to the Salem Witch Trials

Beliefs and fears surrounding witches and the Devil were rampant in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Laws against witchcraft were in place as early as 1542 in England. The resulting witch trials were published in witchcraft pamphlets written for the public to consume. While the church advised the people to trust in the power of God, many people took defense against witches into their own hands. Specific items concealed in walls or specific markings carved into fireplaces were believed to keep the Devil and his agents away. When the British came to colonize America, these practices came with them and can be found in many local historic homes even today. 


May 20
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm