'Witchmarks' meant to protect king found in historic Britain home

November 7, 2014 3:31 PM

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Most old homes bear normal signs of wear and tear. The strange gouge marks beneath the floorboards of "one of Britain's most important historic houses," however, tell a pretty interesting story, the Independent reports: They were intended to guard King James I from witches and other evil spirits.

The marks, found in wooden beams and joists, were dated to 1606, a time when hysteria over witchcraft ran high and the country's nerves were on edge on the heels of the failed Gunpowder Plot of the previous year, which intended to blow up the House of Lords and the king with it.

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