John Darrell - Elizabethan Exorcist

Ruth Imeson Da Silva

East Midlands
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50
17th September 2017
Paranormal | Local History | Tudors | History

Originally from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, John Darrell was a puritan and self-proclaimed exorcist who claimed the ability to expel evil spirits through prayer and fasting. John Darrell lived for a time near Ashby-de-la-Zouch and worked throughout Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. In 1596-1597, Darrell was based at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market area of Nottingham.

Much of what we know about Darrell is taken from the pamphlet war which erupted between him and Samuel Harsnett (who later became Archbishop of York). Was Darrell a fraud or was he as capable as the exorcists of the Tudor Roman Catholic church?

Ideal for your Halloween event or for those with an interest in the paranormal or the turbulent religious Tudor times.

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About Ruth Imeson Da Silva

I love learning and talking about history. My passion lies with the lives of individual people like you and me. How did they live? Who did they love? What were their daily lives actually like?

Each of my talks tells the story of one person and those who shared their lives. From an Elizabethan exorcist, to a Georgian lady, to a World War One fighter pilot, I bring their stories to life - in their own words.

I have been interviewed several times on the BBC and delivered talks to, amongst others, the U3A, local history societies and the Southwell Poetry Festival.

All talks are illustrated and researched from the original letters, records and diaries of the people concerned.

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