Daily Archives: 26/06/2013

Satanic Seduction

In The Witches of Huntingdon (1646) the author John Davenport salaciously outlined Elizabeth Weed’s involvement with three demons: he wrote that ‘the office of the man-like Spirit was to lye with her carnally’.1 This was not an isolated incident: the idea of witches copulating with the devil, or demons, was widely discussed in early modern Europe, …

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