Why ‘Peck in the Crown’?

Short answer: A very minor character mentioned in the works of the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins.

witchfinder_general

No. Not the West Midlands heavy metal band from the 80s.

matthewhopkins

That guy. The 17th Century, East Anglian witch-hunter. And this image shows us the use of Peck in the Crown, or rather Pecke in the Crowne. This was an imp named by a woman in Manningtree, Essex who was arrested for witchcraft subjected to sleep deprivation for 4 days. After this time she named a number of familiars and imps.

To a modern eye it is clear that these were the ramblings of a frightened, sleep deprived woman who was probably on the edges of society (as most of the accused witches of the time were) and most likely only spoke up in an attempt to stop her torture.

So why did I choose this as a name for my blog? Well I have taken to identifying as a witch, not so much out of a belief in the powers of witchcraft but as a political statement.

I’m a fat, queer, tattooed, mentally ill stripper. Yeah, I’m a fuckin’ witch.

 

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Why ‘Peck in the Crown’?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s