Alice Kyteler (1280 – ?) was the first (recorded) person in Ireland accused and condemned for witchcraft.
Methinks Alice liked variety in life— she was married four times, and it was suspected she poisoned each as she went along. The children of these victims accused her of sorcery, denying the faith, sacrificing animals to demons and blasphemy! This black widow went ALL OUT! But don’t believe the hype- I have a stepdaughter- and she’s accused me of some pretty outrageous stuff too.
But wait… here’s the best part. The case contains the first recorded claim of a witch “lying with her incubus.” I never knew what that meant- until now. hoo boy. It states that she had intercourse with a demon named Robin Artisson.
Definition of Incubus:
is a demon in male form who, according to a number of mythological and legendary traditions, lies upon sleepers, especially women, in order to have intercourse with them. Its female counterpart is the succubus. An incubus may pursue sexual relations with a woman in order to father a child, as in the legend ofMerlin. Religious tradition holds that repeated intercourse with an incubus or succubus may result in the deterioration of health, or even death.
After being condemned, she fled the country and there is no record of her- poof, gone. I’m guessing she met a very angry… ahem… “incubus” en route to England. Naughty, naughty witch!