‘The Devil in the Women’ – The feminine in local history, literature, and folklore.

‘The Devil in the Women’ – The feminine in local history, literature, and folklore.
In medieval times, both the feminine and the masculine were represented in religion and in folk culture. The brutality of Henry VIII’s ‘reformation,’ sought to remove the feminine, often in ways both violent and destructive. This talk will consider the feminine influence on local society and culture, from St. Lewina in Anglo-Saxon times, to the centuries following the reformation, and the struggle to reintroduce the feminine influence into community life. At it's most extreme, this struggle was intensified by the witch-hysteria of the seventeenth century; a century that also saw the persecution of Quakers in Sussex, including many women. In the nineteenth century, important female personalities, (today they would probably be called ‘influencers’), made their mark locally and nationally, including the novelist Mary Shelley, the folklorist Charlotte Latham, the folk-song collector Lucy Broadwood, and Margaret Fairless-Barber, the author of the extraordinary mystical and religious book, ‘The Roadmender.’ The talk will conclude with the story of Vera Pragnell and her ‘back-to-the-land’ community at Washington, (the Sussex one!).
Event Details

Genre: Heritage and History

June 14, 2024

Price: £7.50

Location: Sidney Walter Centre

Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road, Worthing. BN11 1DS

Start Time: 19:00

Duration: 90 mins

Age Suitability: All

Content Warnings: None

June 14, 2024 7.00pm

Sidney Walter Centre

Price: £7.50


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