CATS AND WITCHCRAFT (Part 6 – Edward Topsell)

Further inflaming the fire of witchcraft accusations that revolved around cats, in 1607, Edward Topsell (1572-1625), first published his book The History of Four Footed Beasts, wherein he stated, “The familiars of witches do most commonly appear in the shape of cats, which is an argument that this beast is dangerous to the soul and […]

CATS AND WITCHCRAFT (Part 5)

SIR HENRY WYATT: As we know from last week’s post, Queen Elizabeth I was not at all fond of cats.  However, in contrast, Elizabeth’s adversaries seemed to like cats.  Sir Henry Wyatt, the Duke of Norfolk, after having been committed to the Tower by Queen Elizabeth I for plotting to take over her throne, was […]

CATS AND WITCHCRAFT (Part 4-The First Witch Trials and the Cat Satan)

The First Witch Trials and the Cat Satan Because of religious unrest, Henry VIII thought it prudent to enact a law against Witchcraft in 1542 making the act a felony punishable by death.  Ironically, even though most regarded cats as evil, the cunning Cardinal Wolsey seemed to have liked cats very much.  So much so […]

CATS AND WITCHCRAFT (Part 2)

Vampire Cats: Cats already feared as being vampires in Japan and China and in some Baltic countries were soon accused of such activity in Europe.  Antonia Guaineri, a respected physician, claimed in 1440 that witches could assume the form of cats, and these witches became vampires that drank the blood of infants (Waddell, 2003). Later […]

CATS AND WITCHCRAFT

Lady Alice Kyteler and the first Witchcraft Trial:          The ritual of the Taigheirm was perhaps the most shocking evidence of the cat being equated with the devil, but not long after the Vox in Rama, as previously discussed, was issued in 1233, accusations of witchcraft involving cats began to rise amongst […]