The Lancashire Witches

Author: Robert Poole
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1847795498
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This book is the first major study of England's biggest and best-known witch trial which took place in 1612, when ten witches were arraigned and hung in the village of Pendle in Lancashire. The book has equal appeal across the disciplines of both History and English Literature/Renaissance Studies, with essays by the leading experts in both fields. Includes helpful summaries to explain the key points of each essay. Brings the subject up-to-date with a study of modern Wicca and paganism, including present-day Lancashire witches. Quite simply, this is the most comprehensive study of any English witch trial.

The Wonderfull Discoverie Of Witches In The Countie Of Lancaster Dodo Press

Author: Thomas Potts
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ISBN: 9781409906001
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The Pendle witch trials of 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The 12 Pendle witches were charged with murdering 10 people in and around the Pendle Hill area of Lancashire by the use of witchcraft. One of the accused, Jennet Preston, lived in Gisburn, just over the border from Pendle, in Yorkshire. She was convicted at York Assizes on 27 July 1612, and sentenced to death by hanging. The remainder were tried, together with the Salmesbury witches and others, at Lancaster Assizes 17-19 August 1612, in what became known as the Lancashire witch trials. Thomas Potts, the clerk to the Lancaster Assizes, wrote the account of the trials of the Lancaster witches, making them some of the most famous and best recorded witch trials of the 17th century. Potts was instructed to write his account by the trial judges, Sir James Altham and Sir Edward Bromley. The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster was completed on 16 November 1612, and submitted to the judges for review. Bromley revised and corrected the manuscript before its publication in 1613, declaring it to be "truly reported" and "fit and worthie to be published."

The Witches Of Lancashire

Author: Richard Brome
Publisher: Theatre Arts Books
ISBN: 9780878301584
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The infamous 'witch trials' had not even begun when this sensational dramatization was first performed at the original Globe Theatre in 1634. In this ribald comedy, everything is going wrong at a wedding, and everyone in attendance is eager to believe a local coven is to blame. The play mocks the naïveté of those who cannot see what is under their noses-organized witchcraft and its double, Roman Catholicism.

The Lancashire Witches

Author: Philip C. Almond
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857732641
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In the febrile religious and political climate of late sixteenth-century England, when the grip of the Reformation was as yet fragile and insecure, and underground papism still perceived to be rife, Lancashire was felt by the Protestant authorities to be a sinister corner of superstition, lawlessness and popery. And it was around Pendle Hill, a sombre ridge that looms over the intersecting pastures, meadows and moorland of the Ribble Valley, that their suspicions took infamous shape. The arraignment of the Lancashire witches in the assizes of Lancaster during 1612 is England’s most notorious witch-trial. The women who lived in the vicinity of Pendle, who were accused alongside the so-called Samlesbury Witches, then convicted and hanged, were more than just wicked sorcerers whose malign incantations caused others harm. They were reputed to be part of a dense network of devilry and mischief that revealed itself as much in hidden celebration of the Mass as in malevolent magic. They had to be eliminated to set an example to others. In this remarkable and authoritative treatment, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the case of the Lancashire witches, Philip C Almond evokes all the fear, drama and paranoia of those volatile times: the bleak story of the storm over Pendle.

The Wonderful Discovery Of Witches In The County Of Lancaster

Author: Thomas Potts
Publisher: Carnegie Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781874181781
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In this excellent new book, well-respected historian Robert Poole presents an up-to-date version of Thomas Potts's original account of the famous witch hunt of 1612, in which 19 Lancashire witches, mostly from the Pendle area, were tried at Lancaster. Of these nineteen, three were declared innocent, five were acquitted, and eleven were found guilty, ten of whom were hanged. The Lancashire witch trials were one of the most important in Britain. Thanks to the trial clerk Thomas Potts, they are also the best known. This modern account based on Potts's original text summarizes the affair clearly and coherently. It probably provides the best, most authoritative general book about the 1612 witch hunt ever published. It is simply a modernized classic.

The Triumph Of The Moon

Author: Ronald Hutton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192854490
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'Hutton's professional expertise shows paganism in a new light' -Katrina Dixon The Scotman, 24/02/01'this work... makes for excellent reading. Hutton's extensive scholarship allows him to make and clarify connections between people and movements in recent centuries.' - Northern Earth, No.83.

Witchcraft In Early Modern England

Author: James Sharpe
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780582328754
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With the renewed interest in the history of witches and witchcraft, this timely book provides an introduction to this fascinating topic, informed by the main trends of new thinking on the subject. Beginning with a discussion of witchcraft in the early modern period, and charting the witch panics that took place at this time, the author goes on to look at the historical debate surrounding the causes of the legal persecution of witches. Contemporary views of witchcraft put forward by judges, theological writers and the medical profession are examined, as is the place of witchcraft in the popular imagination. Jim Sharpe also looks at the gender dimensions of the witch persecution, and the treatment of witchcraft in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Supported by a range of compelling documents, the book concludes with an exploration of why witch panics declined in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century.

Wicked Enchantments

Author: Joyce Froome
Publisher: Carnegie Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781874181620
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The Pendle witchcraft case is a compelling human story, and also provides a dramatic insight into the importance of magic in the lives of our ancestors.

The Wonderful Discoverie Of Witches In The Countie Of Lancaster

Author: Thomas Potts
Publisher: Carnegie Pub.
ISBN: 9781859361009
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This is a facsimile edition of Thomas Potts' book of 1612 covering the trial of the Pendle Witches, which took place at Lancaster Assizes where he was the clerk of the court. It provides a fascinating primary source for anyone interested in witches.