Intact 17th Century “Witch Bottle” Found in England

I thought this was a cool story about the recent discovery of a “witch bottle” near Greenwich, England, along with its strange contents:  bent iron nails, fingernail clippings, human hair, and even some belly button fluff.  The purpose of it all was to cast a spell on a witch.

Such bottles have turned up now and then, but this is believed to be first one found complete and unopened. 

Books about witches and the occult generally are among our most popular and it’s often difficult for the library to keep them, but we do have a few things in our non-fiction collections.  These include:  The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca by Rosemary Ellen Guiley (reference); Witch Judge:  The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall by Eve LaPlante; Enemies of God:  The Witch-hunt in Scotland by Christina Larner; The Salem Witch Trials:  An Unsolved Mystery from History by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple (juvenile); Witch-hunt:  Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson (juvenile); The Salem Witch Trials by Sandy Asirvatham (juvenile); Sex Abuse Hysteria:  Salem Witch Trials Revisited by Richard A. Gardner; A History of Witchcraft:  Sorcerers, Heretics, and Pagans by Jeffrey B. Russell (reference); and Witchcraft and Demonianism:  A Concise Account Derived from Sworn Depositions and Confessions Obtained in the Courts of England and Wales by C. L’Estrange Ewen (reference).


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