Saturday, January 20, 2024

Coffee Morning and Talk February 3rd in Pembroke Town Hall

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society will be continuing its programme of Talks with accompanying Coffee Mornings on Saturday morning February 3rd in Pembroke Town Hall, commencing 10am. This month’s meeting will feature a talk by popular speaker and author, Phil Carradice. Phil will be introducing his forthcoming book ‘A History of Witches and Witch Hunts’ which looks at witchcraft from early times (mainly Egyptian and Roman) to the present day. “Witchcraft was a pre-cursor to religion and was at various times a threat and a support. The book highlights the Medieval period when over 100,000 women across Europe - and they were mostly women - were accused of witchcraft. Around 70,000 were executed without real evidence. Scotland killed off 5000, England 3000 but Wales - just five, due mainly to the concept of 'the wise women '; village herb gatherers who provided the only medical aid available. The book also looks at famous witch trials, such as the Salem Witches, and witch hunts - from Matthew Hopkins (the famous Witchfinder General) to Senator Joe McCarthy and other modern hunts (political rather than social/religious etc)”. (The book is published by Pen & Sword, hardback and kindle - due out 28th February). Doors will open from 10am for coffee and an opportunity to visit the Museum and Council Chamber, which are situated on the first floor of the Town Hall – a lift is available for disabled access. Following this, at 11am, we assemble in the George Lewis Room for the talk. Everyone is welcome to attend – you do not have to be a member - and entry is free.

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