Kiss of Bewitchment


Florence Newton, a notorious lady of the Middle Ages, was on several occasions accused of using the kiss of bewitchment to bewitch people. The first was a servant-maid who refused to give her alms. About a week afterwards the lady kissed her violently, and from then onward the maid suffered from fits and was transported to different locations, now being carried mysteriously to the top of the house, now being placed between two feather beds, and so on. The lady also caused the death of one David Jones, who stood sentinel over her in prison by kissing his hand, and by the same means brought about the deaths of the children of three Youghal aldermen. A.G.H.


Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, New York, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1996, pp. 243-244