The Spooky World of Anne Armstrong, 1673

Anne Armstrong was a servant-girl. Probably just a teenager in 1673, she lived at Birches Nook in Northumberland. She also, in the dark seasons of 1672 and early 1673, had a series of terrifying su…

Source: The Spooky World of Anne Armstrong, 1673

[A post from The Social Historian appropriate for this time of year, with terrific images.  It’s also one that raises the issues of “microhistory” (or “history from below”): what was Anne’s life like, what sources did she draw on for her testimony, and what were the consequences?

If you found this snippet of cultural history interesting, a recommended reading would be The Cheese and The Worms, by Carlo Ginzburg.  It’s the story of how life, the universe, and everything looked to a 16th century miller.]

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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