EP86 Crimes of the Cat Witches: A ”Welsh wizard” turns detective to seek out magical murderers - Explore the uncanny cases of Huw Llwyd on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
A Welsh magician who defied witchcraft laws and turned detective in the 16th Century used his powers to defeat murderers and robbers.
Huw Llwyd was famous - some might say infamous - for his fantastical acts of legerdemain during the reign of James VI and I. He could outwit the evilest of villains, and then party hard afterwards in the local tavern.
A real-life character whose life is shrouded in fanciful legends, join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he explores his origins, attempts to separate fact from fiction, and recalls two of his most famous cases including the diabolical Cat Witches, who lured weary travellers to their doom.
What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical tales from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded on Thursdays (weekly most of the time, biweekly when book and media deadlines are looming) and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons.
Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
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