Those of you that have been to my new website (with a lovely new layout, btw) you have probably seen my announcement of my kick ass Halloween gig in which I am portraying accused 17th century "witch," Mary Bliss Parsons in the Depreciation Lands Museum Lantern Tours on October 17 and the 24th!
So in preparation, I have been not only doing research on Mary Bliss Parsons herself, but also the witch trials throughout the Americas and Europe in general.
Like many other events in history, details behind the witch trials were far more complicated than what we often imagine them to be. I will save the grittier stuff for a future post, but here are three quick and interesting facts about not only Mary Parsons, but also the trials in general:
1.) Convicted witches were actually not burned in America. Burning was a preferred method in Europe and some other parts of the world, but for the early American settlers, hanging was preferred.
2.) While the theme of the museum's Lantern Tours is for the visitors to decide on Mary Parsons's fate, the real Mary Bliss Parsons was actually acquitted (both times she was accused). In 1656, her husband, Joseph Parsons, filed a slander suit against his wife's main accuser, Sarah Bridgman.
3.) In early-modern Europe, the most significant location for witch-hunting is said to be central and southern Germany.
Info on Mary Bliss Parsons:
Mary Bliss Parsons Website:
A good start to looking for information on witch trials:
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