Two photographs, one from the present and one from the past, which illustrate the orientation of our house on Chestnut Street. The modern one depicts our front steps looking eastward to a spot that is shown on the older one, dated 1891: the corner of Chestnut Street and Summer Street, or Route 114. In the background of the nineteenth-century photograph (from The Library of Congress’s American Memory digital collection) you can see Samuel McIntire’s majestic South Church, which was built in 1804 and destroyed by fire in 1903.
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- Spent an hour with the students in my European witch trials class discussing #necromancy today. Boy, they ask tough questions! We have to get to the point in the late medieval era when all magic is diabolical and the Devil is really active, recruiting witches constantly. That happens in part because the Church becomes very suspicious of necromancy in its own ranks, as you see here. After all, if clergy could exorcise demons why couldn't they also call them? We had an interesting discussion of just what the exact relationship was between these two. #medievalmss #britishlibrary
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