We are pleased to announce our renowned keynote plenary speakers for the BSG'S 50th anniversary conference in 2021, hosted online by Lancaster .. Read more University. In 1612 the Lancashire authorities defined Anne Whittle, ‘a very old, withered, spent & decrepit creature’ as ‘a dangerous witch’ and persecuted her and her rival ‘old Demdike’ as the leaders of demonic conspiracies. This lecture uses the figures of Whittle (Old Chattox) and Elizabeth Southerns (Old Demdike) to examine why old women posed such a threat in early modern Lancashire and in the country more widely. The lecture demonstrates how the legacy of the 1612 Lancashire witches, which led to a second Lancashire witch trial in 1634, opened up opportunities for reinterpreting the stereotypes which allied age, gender and evil. However, during a meeting of researchers contributing to the International Database of Longevity in Montpellier in October 1999, the existence of an area of exceptional longevity was revealed in Sardinia. A specific area of exceptional longevity and higher proportion of centenarians emerged in the most mountainous region of Sardinia. With the Blue Zone concept, our ability to discover more about exceptional longevity has significantly improved since inhabitants often, for example, have genetic characteristics in common, have experienced the same living conditions since youth and often eat primarily local products.
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