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Witches in Old North Yorkshire [Paperback]

Mary Williams
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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Hutton Press Ltd; First Edition edition (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907033547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907033547
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely informative, highly researched 5 Sep 2007
I recently reread this fascinating book after some years. The author has done excellent and intelligent research into her subject, which is backed up with a good bibliography. There are black and white photographs of witch artefacts now held in museums and also copies of drawings of witches up to suposed mischief. I particularly like the front page photo of the witch-post in cruck house now in the Ryedale Folk Museum.

The author has drawn upon the extensive research by two late 19th century historian `witch hunters' Richard Blakeborough of Guisborough and Canon John C Atkinson of Danby both of whom travelled the locality to record the stories of people who were alive at the times of the witches antics so long ago or record the tales as had been passed down through the generations. Where names of witches have been given the author has checked extensively for the authenticity of the person named, something many of the currents books today fail to do.

Mary Williams points out that whilst witch hunts and persecutions were bad in other areas with panic and fear rife, in North Yorkshire the magistrates were much calmer and more likely to dismiss such things or see them with a far more rational perspective than happened elsewhere in general during these times. There were less persecutions and less punishments metered out to the witches of North Yorkshire than anywhere else. The stories and reports are clear and well written. I like this book because I am interested in knowing about the real trials and stories of witches, and the author has carried out extensive research to verify various details, even going through parish records to authenticate a persons existence or not.
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