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Fragment from the new fic: Under a Dragon Moon - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Fragment from the new fic: Under a Dragon Moon
‘My dear boy,’ said Dumbledore’s portrait. The inconvenient competence of the artist had managed to capture that damnable twinkle. ‘The happenings in the, ah, savage colonies, really, were of no moment. If you truly wish to understand why it is that the Statute of Secrecy was enacted in 1692, look to the other events of that year. In a sense – I speak, I fear, in riddles, here – in a sense, you will find the answer at Oxford. I suggest,’ he smiled, ‘the Ashmolean.’
Excerpts of entries from Wemyss’s Dictionary of National Wizarding Biography, Annotated:
Dee, Jno (Dr): Alchemist and potions maker; Divinator Royal; Divinator Imperial; Arithmancer, &c…. Born London to Welsh family ‘Du’ (‘Black’), Welsh cadet line of the House of Black, qv, of Salop, Staffs, and Cheshire…. Hogwarts (Ravnclw); Domdaniel (Merlin)….
Tradescant, Jno (the Elder): Herbologist and simpler; passed as gardener in Muggle world…. Hogwarts (Huff); Domdaniel (Alb Magn)….
Boyle, Robt FRS: Alchemist and potions maker; Healer; Simpler; Arithmancer…. D. (allegedly) 30 December 1691. Hogwarts (Huff); Domdaniel (Thos)….
Ashmole, Elias FRS: Alchemist and potions maker; Healer; Simpler; Arithmancer; Astrologer; Windsor Herald (Muggle) and Merlin Herald (Wizarding); patron of Jno Tradescant (the Elder), qv; founder and benefactor, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxon, qv; ‘alchemical son’ of Wm Backhouse, qv; received Philosopher’s Stone from Backhouse, 1653; inheritor of the papers of and eventual successor to Dr Jno Dee, qv; protégé of Charles 2d, qv; thought by Muggles to have d. 18 May 1692 (removal wholly to Wizarding World w Philosopher’s Stone)…. Hogwarts (Slyth); Domdaniel (Blaise); Fellow of Paracelsus (Domd)….
Plot, Robt FRS: Alchemist and potions maker; Arithmancer; Herbologist; Astrologer; first keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxon, qv; ‘alchemical son’ of Elias Ashmole FRS, qv; received Philosopher’s Stone from Ashmole…. Hogwarts (Gryff); Domdaniel (Godric); Fellow of Paracelsus (Domd)…. Left Muggle World, 1690, thought by Muggles to have d. 1695….
Anne, Duchess of York (Ly Anne Hyde): Squib; dau of Edw, e of Clarendon, qv; m James 7th and 2d, qv, d before his accession; mother of Mary 2d, qv, Squib, and of Anne, qv, Squib….
James 7th and 2d, deposed in Muggle Succession 1689; father of Mary 2d, qv, Squib, and of Anne, qv, Squib, by Anne, Duchess of York (Ly Anne Hyde), qv, Squib; father of, inter alia, James 8th and 3d, qv, by Mary (of Modena), Q Consort, qv; natural fa (by Arabella Churchill, qv) of Henrietta Fitzjames, v’ess Galmoye, Jas Fitzames, d of Berwick, Henry Fitzjames, d of Albemarle, and Revd Sr Arabella Fitzjames, qqv; natural fa (by Catherine (Sedley), c’ess of Dorchester, qv),of Catherine Darnley, successively c’ess of Anglesey and d’ess of Buckingham and Normanby, qv….
Mary 2d: Squib; m Wm of Orange (Wm 3d), Squib, qv….
Anne: Squib; … m Pr George of Denmark, Squib, qv; failed to effect magical cure for scrofula (see Touching for King’s / Queen’s Evil) notably upon the young (Dr) Samuel Johnson, qv….
Domdaniel, University of: Wizarding University, sharing grounds and buildings w Hogwarts School, qv; closed 1692 attendant upon enactment of Statute of Secrecy, qqv; reopened 2000, subsequent to end of Second Riddle Rebellion, 1997, qqv; constituent colleges Godric; Blaise; Albertus Magnus; Merlin; Thomas Aquinas; Paracelsus, qqv; preserved organisationally during closure by Fellows of Paracelsus, qv, as self-sustaining corporation (note: Paracelsus College is the Wizarding equivalent of All Souls, Oxon, qqv; fellows of Paracelsus continued to be elected during the closure)….
Johnson, Sam(uel) (Dr): … Hogwarts (Gryff) (did not complete schooling at Hogwarts); Fellow of Paracelsus (Domd)….
Carlos Segundo: Squib; King of Spain, known as ‘El Hechizado’, Charles ‘the Bewitched’…. His afflictions played some role in Continental agreement to the enacting of the Statute of Secrecy, qv, in 1692, the 27th year of his reign….
Glencoe, Massacre of: 13 February 1692 (qv)…. One of the events of the Whig – Jacobite Blood Struggle, qv, in which the internal warfare in the Wizarding World spilt over to encompass Muggles, Squibs, and Wizards living amongst Muggles (including members of extended families) prior to the enactment of the Statute of Secrecy, qv, which was in part prompted by these events…. 
Whig – Jacobite Blood Struggle: The Wizarding component of, and a primary motive force in, the Muggle political struggles known to Muggles as the ‘Glorious Revolution’ and the Jacobite Risings….   As was true of those earlier examples of Wizarding conflict affecting the Muggle world, the ‘Wars of the Roses’ and the Great Rebellion (the ‘English Civil War’ of 1642 – 1645 and the Interregnum), which events the Whig –Jacobite Blood Struggle indeed resembled, the now-discredited issue of ‘blood status’, qv, was implicated in the causes of the conflict; as was true of the ‘Wars of the Roses’ in particular (see: The York-Lancaster Wizarding War), the Whig – Jacobite Blood Struggle involved a falling-out within the Royal Family, qv, as well as of factions within the Magical gentry and nobility, over respective claims of blood status and of magical power. The immediate cause of the struggle derived from the unexpected Squib (qv) status of Anne, Duchess of York (Ly Anne Hyde), qv, the consort of the future James 7th and 2d, qv, and of their surviving issue, Mary 2d, qv, Squib, and of Anne, qv, Squib, in conjunction with the death without legitimate issue of Charles 2d, qv, and the marriage of James 7th and 2d to Mary of Modena, qv, who was not a Squib yet was not a ‘pureblood’ Witch…. James Churchill, d of Marlborough, qv, descended of an old Ottery St Catchpole and Ottery St Mary (qqv) family, and related to the House of Black, qv, threw in his lot with the Blacks and with William of Orange and Mary 2d, qqv…. Amongst the most lasting effects of the Whig – Jacobite Blood Struggle were the Statute of Secrecy of 1692 and, with the loss of immediate Royal patronage after James 7th and 2d’s recognition in December of 1691 that his prospects for regaining the Crown were not immediate, the closure of the Wizarding university, Domdaniel, qv, for over three centuries (although its constituent college Paracelsus, qv, continued to elect Fellows of Paracelsus, qv, thus perpetuating itself and preserving the corporate existence of the university until its refounding in 2000, subsequent to the end of Second Riddle Rebellion, 1997, qqv)…. 
Port Royal (Jamaica) ‘Earthquake’ of 1692: Reputed ‘natural disaster’ of 7 June 1692, qv….
Cunning Man (Men / Woman / Women): Wizards and Witches living amongst and amidst Muggle (qv) neighbours; particularly those who chose to do so after and in defiance of the Statute of Secrecy, qv, enacted 1692, qv…. Many cunning folk chose to live amidst Muggles in protest of the Statute of Secrecy and in rejection of the now-exploded concept of ‘blood status’ (qv)…. Often these were Herbologists and Simplers, in many instances, Healers, and, on occasion, Curators of Magical Creatures, who were unwilling to deprive Muggles and Squibs, qv, of their aid, and who disdained the restraints upon their arts, sciences, operations, and research opportunities that were the result of sequestration from the Muggle world…. Of these, not a few passed in the Muggle world, even before the Statute of Secrecy was enacted, as farmers, gardeners, rural labourers, farriers, smiths, veterinary surgeons, clerics, and physicians (see, e.g., John Tradescant (the Elder); Tamsin Blight or Blee; Henry Harries, MB, MRCS, LSA, and John Harries MD, MRCS, of Cwrt-y-cadno, Carmarthenshire, qqv). These were, as their dedication to aiding their Muggle neighbours suggests, politically and philosophically opposed to the ‘blood status’ precepts reflected in the Statute of Secrecy…. However, other Witches and Wizards who chose to live amongst Muggles, even after and in the teeth of the Statute of Secrecy, were not reconciled to the Statute, to the Political Settlement of 1692, qv, and to the Ministry, qv, for the opposite reason, believing that these did not adequately meet pureblood (qv) concerns and were too liberal towards Muggles and Squibs, qqv. This category of ‘cunning folk’ were active and instrumental in stirring up dissension, and were almost always to be found as the accusers in and managers of persecutions and prosecutions for alleged witchcraft, cozening the Muggle populace and Muggle authorities into persecuting innocent Muggles and Squibs for acts they could not, by definition, have committed….

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the_gentleman From: the_gentleman Date: March 12th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really enjoying these snippets- I'm working my way through Gates of Horn, Gates of Ivory, but this is closer to my interests! By the way, have you read any of Alec Dossetor's stuff? I think you'd really enjoy them.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 12th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why, thank you, kind sir.

I see that we are, indeed, based upon a recent post of yr own, thinking along similar lines.

You just know that Kate Swynford's real quarrels with the Mortimers had to do with blod status and accusations of Squibhood.

I've not yet read the Dossetor cycle - over at TDA, isn't it? Thanks for the reminder.
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 12th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This is marvellously fascinating, even if it does rather give me the feeling of translating a document I only know half the kanji of. Wemyss, love, where does one learn how to read this? n.n;
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 12th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah. Yes. Well.

Pop me an email and tell me what in particular is unintelligible, and I'll fix it.
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 12th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah. Yes. Well.

Well, y'see, I've never encountered this annotation before, is all. Obviously it's a reference/the same manner as something, because I've a pretty good idea of you, but I've never actually opened any books I can think of that have abbreviations like that, so I've no idea what any of the abbv. mean.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 12th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


D is for dead, died, and duke (d'ess for duchess); e for earl and c'ess for countess; and so on. FRS is Fellow of the Royal Society (i.e., a big science boffin). Simplers are Herbologists and Healers using 'simples', botanical cures. An alchemist's apprentice-successor is his 'alchemical son'; the rest, I trust, is self-explanatory.
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 12th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Right-o.

Thankee kindly. And 'qv' is....?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 12th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


'Which see' (well, in Latin), meaning that there is a cross-reference entry to the person or subject so designated.
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 12th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah.

Domo arigatou gozaimasu. *toddles off to read*
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 12th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Another list of questions:

Let's see... alchemical vs natural child of? Does that imply what I think it does?

Um... admitting to being unschooled Texian here... '7th and 2nd'?

Also, what's 'touching for the King's/Queen's Evil?'

'Second Riddle Rebellion'. Love. ♥

'All Souls, Oxon'?

Carlos Segundo: Squib; King of Spain, known as ‘El Hechizado’, Charles ‘the Beiwtched’ <--did you mean to spell it so?

wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 13th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)


1. 'Alchemical son': alchemist's apprentice. 'Natural son': illegitimate child.
2. James was James 7th of Scotland, James 2d of England.
3. Ritual wherein the monarch performed a 'laying-on of hands' to cure scrofula patients.
4. College of All Souls ('and no bodies': there are no students, just Fellows, dons) at Oxford (Latin abbreviation, Oxon).
5. Bugger. Fixed that.
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: March 13th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmmm.

Thankee. You know, love, one of these days I'm going to get a perfect on a history exam by virtue of having read all these lovely things you give us. And then I shall tell you all about it, and cackle. ^^
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: March 12th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh - so Elizabeth's sorcerer was a Black, was he? Figures.

Your background to the Statute of Secrecy is also fascinating.

Now trying to work out where this fits in.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 12th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you, m'dear.

It fits in ... cunningly. (Or so I flatter myself.) Guesses are welcome.
eagles_rock From: eagles_rock Date: March 12th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's just so much in here, and everytime I read it I see something new. Fantastic.

(A special word of thanks for Robert Boyle, who is frequently left out of such considerations, and Billy the Squib just made me hoot. :-))

Also many thanks for yesterday's heraldry offerings; I seem to be quite strangely moved by this whole subject now and want to know more.

Long may your historical ruminations continue!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 12th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah, my darling....

Apparently, half the early FRS were still dabbling in alchemy, so.... And Boyle deserves more recognition, of course.

It is a matter of recorded fact, you know, that after gudeman Jamie was sent awa' by the wee Dutch lairdie, both Mary and Anne continued to touch for the King's Evil and notably failed, and when German Geordie cam' on, the very attempt was endit for aye. (Wha'll be king but Cherlie?)

More heraldry later, after Gardener's Question Time.

Thanks for yr unflagging support.
aillil From: aillil Date: April 2nd, 2006 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm lacking knowledge of the accompanying story as of yet, but anything that features Samuel Johnson as a Hufflepuff must be good by definition.
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