Crime and Punishment, Justice, Life in Tudor times, persecution, Strange Tudor beliefs, William Shakespeare

The persecution of witches: The King who believed in werewolves and influenced Shakespeare

In 1597 a Royal pamphlet was published about werewolves, the classification of demons, witches and black magic. It explained and endorsed the reasons for persecuting witches in a Christian society under the rule of  law. It included methods of discovering witches and told the ‘misinformed populace’ of the practices, the implications and dangers of sorcery.

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Biographies, persecution, Priest holes

The life of William Cecil

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley  was the mastermind behind the world’s first secret service under the direction of Francis Walsingham. Their spy network included code-breakers, Priest hunters and Catholic double agents. Cecil was Elizabeth I’s chief adviser, was Secretary of State, Lord High Treasurer and the Lord privy seal.

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Symbolism, Tudor Paintings

Symbolism in Tudor portraits

In the Tudor era, it was well known that a dog represented faithfulness and that the Tudors were represented by a greyhound. This hidden meaning would be as familiar to some one born in the sixteenth century as a car logo or a symbol for a top brand is to us today.

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