Fairies were very different entities in pre-Reformation British England and New England. British folktales and literature teem with fairy folk, the pens of literary giants such as William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser making these elusive beings visible before the mortal gaze they usually avoided. Here, they are creatures of wonder and enchantment, albeit ones to be treated with caution. For Puritans, however, fairies were the accursed progeny of Satan. With their magical abilities to divine the future, to fly and to cast spells, they were inextricably allied with witches, and indeed having dealings with them was a sure sign of witchcraft.