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The Valley of Elves, Nymphs, Cars, Swans or Whatever February 11, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
The Valley of Elves, Nymphs, Cars, Swans or Whatever

The elves were Anglo-Saxon fairies and as such deserve a bizarrist’s respect. They are though – not unlike the medieval fairies that come after – gone almost without trace. But there is, every so often, a Dark Age charm, a riddle, a line of Anglo-Saxon poetry that recalls belief in this receding people. Make no […]

Last Witch Killing? September 14, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Last Witch Killing?

There is some argument about when the last witchcraft killing took place in Western Europe, but this, for what it is worth, is Beachcombing’s candidate dating from 1861: he fully expects to be proved wrong, drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com The name of the victim was Dummy. It is true that he was not killed […]