" A week later and it had taken most of the village"

Even though the witch later teases Bod by asking for the date "Willyum the Conker ten sixty-six" to be carved on her headstone, she most likely lived in the 14th century. The persecution of alleged witches in the way she describes was common in this period, and the villagers' symptoms (coughing up blood and blackening of the skin) are consistent with tales of the Black Death.