Witchcraft In England

Rome, for iEthelberht of Kent was reluctant to part too hastily from beliefs which he and the whole English nation had held for so long.5 How universal and deep-seated these beliefs and customs were it is difficult to judge, as the written evidences are on the whole few and tantalizingly brief. Christianity had adopted many alien ideas in its struggles with religions of the eastern Mediterranean, a policy which Pope Gregory, realizing it would be impossible to eradicate heathen practices...

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Made ready their powers earlier in the charm and again the usual translation cshot of witch' misleads. From line 23 of the charm we have an interesting string of supernatural beings told over, beings who, according to the charm composer, may have caused his patient's pain. The list shows us a very early stage in the development of a Germanic mythology, a picture far removed from the comparatively elaborate tales of Scandinavian gods. It is interesting to note that the modern German word for...