Today I have an awesome guest post on witches from Cambria Hebert, the awesomely cool author of the Heven and Hell Series. And as if that isn’t enough, she has also offered up a fantastic giveaway for my tour stop too! Be sure to come back tomorrow and thursday to see my reviews of Masquerade and Charade! And now for something witchy…
I am super excited today to be here and bring you this really fun post! I am visiting today as part of the Heven and Hell Blog Tour: Charade. This tour is celebrating the release of the second novel in the series, Charade.
Charade is full of many types of paranormal/supernatural characters. One of those happens to be witches! So we thought that it would be super fun to tell you a little bit about witches in honor of Charade.
I might cast a spell on you…. *winks*
“Double, double toil and trouble.
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
~MacBeth William Shakespeare
Anyone know what that means? Anyone?
Well I can take a guess but witches sure do have a way with words (or maybe it’s Shakespeare?)… or ahem, spells. Witches have been known throughout time as many things:
We have seen Good Witches:
We have seen Bad Witches:
We have seen Fairytale witches:
We have even seen people act like crazy witches:
But what about real accounts of witches throughout history?
A witch-hunt is a search for witches or when there is evidence of witchcraft. Witch-hunts were popular in 1480-1750 and often involved mass hysteria, lynching and also in some cases sanctioned official witchcraft trials. Thousands of people were executed for “being” witches and the last executions were in the 18th century in Europe. In the Kingdom of Great Britain, witchcraft ceased to be an act punishable by law with the Witchcraft Act of 1735.
Here is a brief list of some of the more famous historical witches throughout time:
Anne Boleyn1507-1536, she was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England was beheaded and her reputation was smeared due to the fact she was unable to bear her husband a child so he claimed she was a witch. She had a sixth finger on one hand which was believed to be a sign that the young lady was a witch.
Joan of Navarre1370-1437. Duchess of Brittany who was the wife of King Henry IV of England was accused of being a witch and wanting to bring down the king. Later she was pardoned and reinstated.
the North Berwick Witchesa group of men and women who were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the 16th century. On minimal evidence they were condemned and tortured and burnt. They were supposed to have created a storm to the drown the King James 1.
Mary Butterslate 18th century-early 19th century. She is known as the Carmoney Witch and narrowly escaped trial for the killing of a cow and three people. She claimed at her inquest she saw a black man who killed the three people and that she was knocked unconscious causing the ingredients to become toxic. The incident was made into a humorous ballad.
Joan of Arc1412-1431. She was not charged as most people have said for practicing witchcraft but for being a relapsed heretic who denied the authority of the church.
Facts and info about the witches in history was found here: http://www.witches.net/legendaryandfolkwitches1.htm I copied the facts about each “historic” witch verbatim, I don’t take credit for these facts I just thought that I couldn’t word it any better. If you are looking for more info on witches this is a great resource.
So what are your thoughts and feelings on witches? Real, not real… crazy?? LOL. Personally, I think some form of witchcraft exists…. Not within me but somewhere.
So in celebration of Witches I thought I would share a recipe for some witches brew. Drink up!
Feeling Witchy? Try this tasty treat!
1 quart lime sherbet, slightly softened
1 container (12 oz) frozen limeade, thawed
1 bottle (1 liter) ginger ale
Gummy worm candies, if desired
Lime slices, if desired
1. In punch bowl, mix sherbet, limeade and ginger ale.
2. Pour into glasses. Garnish each glass with candy and lime slices. Serve immediately.
Swap the lime sherbet and frozen limeade with orange sherbet and frozen orange juice concentrate for a different flavor.
The sherbet will float to the top, so stir the punch before pouring each serving.
So that’s it for today!! I hope you learned something new about witches and if you didn’t… if you ever bark like a dog when a bell rings remember this post because I may or may not have cast a spell on you….
This was tons of fun everyone! Have a great day!
Cambria Hebert grew up in a small town in rural Maryland. She is married to a United States Marine and has lived in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and her current state of North Carolina. She is the mother of two young children with big personalities, is in love with Starbucks (give the girl a latte!) and she is obsessed with werewolves. Cambria also has an irrational fear of chickens (Ewww! Gross) and she loves to read and review books for her blog. Her favorite book genre is YA paranormal, and she can be found stalking that section at her local Barnes and Nobles (which happens to be her favorite place ever!).
Didn’t get enough Cambria? I know I didn’t! Check her out on Tuesday nights at 9pm (EST)
Cambria has generously offered up ebook copies of Masquerade and Charade (books 1 and 2 in her heven and hell series) to one lucky winner!
-must be 13+
-my contest policy applies
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