October 18, 2002
CW author speaks on witchcraft in colonial Virginia
“Authors in Our Midst,” a new Wednesday lecture series featuring Colonial Williamsburg employees and their most recent publications, continues at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Carson Hudson, program development manager, will discuss his book, “These Detestable Slaves of the Devill.” The lecture is included in museum admission.
In 1692, the witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Mass., was significant but tended to overshadow the historical records of the persecutions of alleged witches in other colonies. Colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their New England neighbors and, throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. Gathering surviving records and evidence in one volume, “These Detestable Slaves of the Devill” is a quick reference guide to the beliefs, occurrences and legal proceedings regarding witchcraft in early colonial Virginia.
Published by Infinity Publishing, the book will be available for purchase in Colonial Williamsburg’s Wallace Museum Gift Shop and the author will sign copies of his publication after the lecture.
This is the second installment in an ongoing series that celebrates publications by Colonial Williamsburg employees. Illustrated lectures about upcoming books will be scheduled soon after publication dates, providing the local community with a chance to meet the authors and purchase copies of their books for signing.