The Witch of the Woodlands

Facsimile of an 18th century chapbook concerning witches from John Ashton’s Chap-books of the Eighteenth Century (1882). Robin the “Cobler,” as punishment for his lecherous ways, is turned into a variety of animals before being transformed back into a man tasked with forever kissing the “bums” of his witch tormenters (who are, naturally, in turn “glad he can”). The full story is apparently “too broad in its humour” to be printed in full.

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: University of Toronto Libraries | click to enlarge


White Magic

Though it is the subtext of savagery that animates narratives around witches, white women who take up the mantle of witch magic rarely understand themselves to be engaging in Indian or savage play