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The Instruments of Darkness Tell Us Truths James Wright Tuesday 11 September 2018

An historic building survey at Knole, Kent enabled a very surprising revelation about the history of the house in the early 17th century.  A series of symbols beneath the floorboards carved by the carpenters working at the house were intended to protect the building from possession by witches, demons and evil spirits.  James Wright’s talk will reveal how further research showed that the symbols were related to James I, witch trials and the Gunpowder Plot.  


James is an archaeologist and historian based at the University of Nottingham.  He specialises in the British Mediaeval and Early Modern periods and has given talks to a wide variety of organisations.  These include Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust, Lowdham Book Festival, the Fortean Society, Gresham College, Shakespeare400 and the Museum of London.