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Hex: Darkland Tales

Hex: Darkland Tales

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It seems an odd choice then for the author to present this look at the last woman hanged for being a witch from the point of view of an actual witch and a seance - thereby establishing some sense of guilt where there wasn't any to begin with.

The writing was fantastic quite lyrical and poetic at points and it was amazing to see how much of a solid connection was crafted between these two women within a short number of pages, not only did this book manage to tell the story of Geillis and Iris but also the experience of so many women. Hex is inspired by the North Berwick witch trials, it is set in 1591 and focuses on Geillis Duncan, a fifteen-year-old girl who was convicted as a witch and hanged on the 4 th of December of the same year. I enjoyed The Sunlight Pilgrims when I read it (though it was quite a few years ago now), and I’ve had my eye on a couple of others by her.As the hours pass and dawn approaches, Geillis recounts the circumstances of her arrest, brutal torture, confession and trial, while Iris offers support, solace – and the tantalising prospect of escape. Separated by centuries they may be, these women present a sad realisation that there is still much to connect their situations. The Dead Queen of Bohemia documents the progression of a voice and a life written over the last twenty years. In one of the few studies of the witchcraft mania that spread in Europe, Norman Cohn in Europe’s Inner Demons (1975), argued that the entire period seemed to convulse in a particularly provocative set of delusions. James and Anne were formally married in Oslo and as they travelled to Denmark it became apparent that here was a country familiar with witchcraft and this sparked James’ interest.

Disputes over inheritance, envies and jealousies, particularly of women of independent wealth and means, was responsible for many women being accused of witchcraft. Why not give an amnesty to every Covenanter, Royalist, Jacobite or, indeed, Thomas Aikenhead, hanged for blasphemy which might well have been some silly undergraduate humour? Intelligent women threaten men, powerful women threaten them even more and the female ‘ body has been for women in capitalist society what the factory has been for male waged labour… the primary ground of their exploitation and resistance.I truly believe she has a special way of telling a story and making you feel part of it and of something bigger at the same time. However as they learn more of just how mirrored their lives are, even when hundreds of years apart leaves the lingering shadow of a fearsome king’s insecurities echoing throughout history, both shall find shelter in each other as more of their lives are revealed to truly be intertwined both in this life, and the next. the book being incredibly short too, allows so much rage, strength and sisterhood to be evoked perfectly. Iris says she will ‘ place a hex on every man, woman and child who takes pleasure in Geillis’ death.



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