Witches_part1 (1)

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Who are these people  and what do you think  is happening? Image Reproduced Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts
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Image Reproduced Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts Now look at the title of  the illustration. Is this what you thought the illustration was all  about? Who are these people  and what do you think  is happening?
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Witches and Witchcraft
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To find out what people thought about witches and witchcraft during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. To discover what type of people were accused of being witches during this period.
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Agnes Simpson Interview
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You may be asked to jot down some information during this exercise,  so make sure that you have a pen and paper ready. Click here if you wish to view the following painting as a Quicktime  movie file before moving on to the exercise. You are now going to find out a little more about how many people  during the early part of the Seventeenth Century (1600’s) viewed  witches and witchcraft.
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The Witches' Sabbath , painted in 1606 Click here to print out worksheet 1 HTD68835 The Witches Sabbath, 1606 by Frans II The Younger Francken, (1581-1642), Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, (Out of Copyright) You are going to explore this painting on the next page.
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Click on the  parts of the  picture that you  would like to  explore in more  detail. When you  have finished  click here HTD68835 The Witches Sabbath, 1606 by Frans II,  The Younger Francken, (1581-1642), 
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Potions Medicine, or poison in liquid  form. Incense This provides a  fragrant smell  when burnt. Q. When you go back to the main picture try and spot where and in what the potions are being mixed together? Q. Why do you think that incense is being burnt? Click here for a clue.
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Remember how important religion was at this time . Demons An evil spirit or devil.  Many people thought witchcraft to  be the work of the Devil.  Some pets were thought to be  demons, or familiars. These could  disguise themselves as common  animals such as cats, dogs, frogs or  rabbits.
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Skull – The skeleton of the head.  These were often used in paintings as  reminders of death and the afterlife. Could they provide a link with the dead 
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