The witch trials of the 16th and 17th century have many facets within the accusations of the women (and men) involved. One of the most intriguing is the links between accused parties and the fairies. How did these people claim to be convening with the fae? What fairy magic did they profess to use? In this special extended episode of The Folklore Podcast, host Mark Norman is joined by historian and tour guide of London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Jon Kaneko-James. Jon works extensively with original documents from the period and discusses a case that he stumbled across about which little is generally known.
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I think this is one of my favorite episodes so far! However I may be a little biased as I am very interested in faerie lore - but it's really interesting to hear about the connections between Witches and faeries and also their connections with the dead and ghosts.
1/17/2017 09:18:50 am
I was so surprised to hear of the sighting on Islandmagee. That is where my family originally came from. Always wonderful to hear stories and history from there!
1/31/2017 11:32:51 am
Thank you both for your feedback. I'm glad that this episode has proved very popular as it was a great interview to record.
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