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Double double, toil and trouble: witches and witchcraft

Beth Daley (opens in new window) (Europeana Foundation)

We've had Hallowe'en and now the nights are growing ever longer, it's the perfect time for a spot of witchcraft, some would say.

The images from Europeana below show both fictional witches, like the three that Macbeth meets on the heath in Shakespeare's drama, and 'real' witches like Mother Shipton, a woman branded as a 'witch' because of her ability to tell the future and Mother Damnable, the 'remarkable shrew of Kentish Town'.

The selection also includes some typical associations to do with witches including cooking up potions - look out for the skulls and human bones going into the pot - as well as links with the devil, flying and broomsticks.

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