Re: [pepysdiary] C 17th. Witch bottle [from Greenwich] is uncorked ...
- Fascinating! Wonder if any of Sam's circle ever did this? And obviously
not something confined to the kitchen and the nursery - that is - the
women's world: these were male nail parings in the bottle. In the
article it mentioned about children's shoes being built into houses: I
know I have read about this somewhere in excavations done after houses
have been removed or demolished here - also bent forks. Thank you for
Michael Robinson wrote:
> Witch bottle is uncorked to discover spellbinding content
> Simon de Bruxelles
> Take a small heart-shaped piece of leather, a handful of iron nails,
> eight brass pins, a lock of hair, some nail clippings, a pinch of
> navel fluff and place them in a bottle. Then add a pint of urine, seal
> the bottle and bury it by your front door — this is the recipe for
> warding off a witch's curse.
> An analysis of the contents of the first witch bottle to be found with
> its cork intact has cast light on the fear of witchcraft in the 17th
> century ...