Treadwell's Books explores Witches & the Curse of the Mummy

Treadwell’s Books explores Witches & the Curse of the Mummy

As the winter draws in we are excited to be delving into the occult with the gorgeous Treadwell’s Books in Bloomsbury. They have some cracking events coming up which promise to be delightfully different and a bargain at just £7.

This month they delve into the Leimbach witch belief case and then in October the Victorian Curse of the Mummy is investigated.

And while you’re there why not get your Tarot read?

A Household of Witches? The Leimbach Case and Witch belief  – Dr Alison Rowlands (University of Essex) | Wednesday 19 September | 7.15 for 7.30 start | £7

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This talk explores our current understanding of the witch-hunts by unpacking a particularly interesting example: the 1652 trial of the Leimbach household who lived in a village near Rothenburg in Germany. The Leimbachs were accused by a neighbouring child: what motivated the accusation and what does the trial tell us about conflicts in the community? What were the different members accused of, and what does this say about the ways in which witchcraft was imagined at the time? And finally, what was the fate of the family, and what does this tell us about how seriously the city council took the alleged threat of witchcraft? This is a richly detailed story that will challenge and complicate our understanding of early modern witch-hunting in many respects.  Dr Alison Rowlands is Senior Lecturer in European History at the University of Essex and a leading scholar in the history of witchcraft. We welcome her to Treadwell’s for the first time.

The Curse of the Mummy: Rumour and Truth in the Victorian Era – Professor Roger Luckhurst (London) | Wednesday 3 October | 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start | Price: £7 

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Before Tutankhamen, there were two stories about English gentlemen adventurers in Egypt who allegedly suffered curses from objects brought back from Egypt. Their lives have never been properly researched before. This talk recovers the case of Thomas Douglas Murray, the man who bought the fateful ‘Unlucky Mummy’ in 1865 and which still resides in the British Museum, and the soldier Walter Ingram, who fought in the Zulu Wars and the Gordon Relief, and was killed by an elephant in 1888, allegedly in fulfillment of a curse. This talk aims to recover the uncanny true stories of their lives. Roger Luckhurst is a professor of literature and cultural history at Birkbeck College, University of London. His book, The Mummy’s Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy, appears from OUP in October 2012.