Elaine Perkins

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire
About The Speaker...

My name is Elaine Perkins. I am a semi professional actor and have been giving talks for over 20 years to a variety of venues including Historic groups, Battlefield Societies as well as the W.I and U3a .

About Their Talks...

I present my talks in costume as a Medieval Cunning woman, with a range of found and made objects to help people see life through the eyes of ordinary Medieval men and women.
My talks are informative, amusing, theatrical and presented in the First Person in Medieval costume.
They are “stand alone” talks and so can be presented anywhere. I only require a table, no modern equipment, power point etc.
They last about one hour, plus extra time for questions.


My fees are £50 plus travel expenses from near Chesterfield. I am available any time and can travel throughout the East Midlands and Yorkshire

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“Concealed Objects and Written Charms; Protection in the Medieval Period”

Have you had a run of bad luck? Do you suffer from unexplained pains?
Is your husband being led astray? What can you do? Who can help?
Agnes Peterkin, The Cunning Woman, is the answer to all of your problems.
She can offer you protection from serpents, thieves and even fairies, with a variety of found and made objects which are displayed and explained.
She can even keep the Devil at bay!(Written charms and curses are her speciality.)

“Herbs and plants, protection in the Medieval Period”

In the Medieval Period, if the church couldn’t help, you turned to the local cunning woman for the answers. From Ancient spells, such as the Nine Herb charm to Flying Ointment and mandrake root Agnes Peterkin has the knowledge to help.
Whether it be Elves, evil witches or natural disasters, whatever your problem, she has the answer, using natural items, roots, plants, herbs and trees.

“Candle Wax, chickens and cheese: weird and wonderful ways of predicting the future.”

People have always wanted to know their future and have used many different ways to predict it.. Originally they would use the items they had to hand, to help them decide their fate. Now, people have settled on the more well-known methods, runes, tarot cards etc, but there are many different methods that have fallen out of favour and have been almost forgotten.
Elaine will demonstrate some of the more unusual types of divination, ancient and modern, with a variety of different items..

Weird and Wonderful Creatures of the Medieval Bestiary”

When it came to fabulous animals like the unicorn, dragon or griffin, it is debatable whether medieval people believed that such creatures really existed. Some undoubtedly did (as some still do today). As for fabulous creature mentioned in the Bible, (as unicorns and dragons are), the problem became more difficult; if the Bible is acknowledged to be the true word of God, any animal it mentions must surely exist.
With the help of illustrations from “The Bestiary” Agnes Peterkin reveals the wonderful range of fabulous creatures. What they can do, where they live and how to protect yourself from them.

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