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Margery Jourdemain

Date of birth unknown; d. 1441, Smithfield, England

The Englishwoman Margery Jourdemain was first accused of witchcraft and arrested in 1432, but was released to the custody of her husband. Known as the Witch of Eye, she was again accused in 1441, this time for aiding Eleanor Cobham, duchess of Gloucester, in making wax figures meant to harm King Henry VI in a fashion much like voodoo dolls. The charges had been instigated by enemies of the duke of Gloucester, who sought to destroy him by association with a practitioner of the black arts. The women were convicted and Eleanor was sentenced to life imprisonment, but Jourdemain was executed as a witch.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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