[ANSTHRLD] Witch Names

Gerita hpockets at verizon.net
Thu Jun 5 13:27:29 PDT 2003

hmmmm.  I'd love to work on it, but it'll be at least 2 weeks before i can


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From: "C. L. Ward" <gunnora at vikinganswerlady.com>
To: <heralds at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 3:20 PM
Subject: [ANSTHRLD] Witch Names

> While looking for information on Guthrum the Dane, I downloaded a PDF of
> Margaret Alice Murray's "The Witch-Cult in Western Europe" (Oxford:
> Clarendon. 1921), because Google hit it in a general search for "guthrum".
> As it turns out, the PDF has a tiny passing mention of Guthrum that was
> useless to me, but one of Murray's appendices caught my eye, being a list
> 681 names of witches from covens (162 of which occur between 1324 and 1598
> A.D.), with one section being arranged by date and location, and the other
> alphabetical by personal name. These names were compiled from judicial
> records and contemporary chroniclers, as well as some unpublished trials
> among the Edinburgh Justiciary Records and also in the Guernsey Greffe.
> Murray's study was focused on Great Britain, but also investigated some
> French and Flemish sources, and New England records.
> I'm not exactly sure what Murray's theories about names and witches is (I
> guess I'll eventually wade through enough of the text to figure that out,
> just out of curiosity).  But having the alphabetical list presented by
> Murray in tabular form, in a PDF, and being a tech writer with all the
> necessary geeky tools for manipulating PDFs, and having time on my hands,
> sucked out the names into an Excel file.
> I have some vague notions that there is an article in this somewhere, with
> working title thus far of "Just Because You're an SCA Wiccan Doesn't Mean
> You Have to Have a Pixie Moonglow Name".
> Since my focus is really on Viking names (d'oh!), I wondered if anyone
> either (a) would like to pick up this list and do something useful with it
> or (b) can suggest some useful presentation of this material (assuming it
> in any way useful).
> I've zipped the PDF and the Excel file separately and stuck 'em on my
> website so folks can get at them.  They're located at:
> http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/FTP_Files/MurrayWitchCult(477KB).zip
> http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/FTP_Files/MurrayWitchNames(55KB).zip
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