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The Lancashire Witch Craze Paperback – 1 Jul 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859360653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859360651
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the best book about 17th Century witchcraft trials ever written. This work is not just about a couple of court cases in York and Lancashire in the early 1600s. It closely examines those cases in order to put them in perspective, showing the beliefs and superstitions about witchcraft in England and Europe during that era. The research and analysis of available local records are remarkable, but so is the three-page bibliography of contemporary and modern publications about witchcraft. "

Relying mainly on a short booklet about the hanging of Jennet Preston for witchcraft published fifteen years after the fact, Lumby presents a modern interpretation the story of the Pendle Witches, seven women and two men hanged for witchcraft shortly after Preston's own condemnation and hanging in 1612. Many quotes from transcribed proceedings are scattered throughout the book. Lumby also places the story in the wider context of concurrent events in Europe, adding important information and interpretation to the events of the witch craze, including information about major players, religion - including a section discussing the overlap between spells and prayers - and politics of the day. The book includes a chronology, illustrations and portraits, family trees, and maps. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

JONATHAN LUMBY is an Anglican Priest and amateur historian. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Clear and concise study of the Lancashire Witch Craze. This book looks at the related case of Jennet Preston, who was accused of witchcraft after her wealthy lover died suddenly. Lumby suggests that she was no witch, but a victim of ignorance and corruption.After being initially acquitted, Jennet visited the family of the so-called Pendle Witches to offer her support. This act of courage was to be her undoing. Lumby concludes that the Lancashire witch trials may have been a cover for religious persecution.It is a thought-provoking read and seems as relevant today as then.
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This book provides a background to the famous witch trials of the Pendle Witches, setting out the reasons why they were tried and sentenced to hang.
A good read for anyone interested in the Pendle Witches.
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I know very little of the witch trials, but they've always fascinated me. I lived close to Pendle Hill for a short while, and love the bleak landscape. The writing is both scholarly and engaging, so much so that I read the book in almost one sitting. I initially bought the book 'for fun' but this book, with its vivid telling of the events and the era, has really piqued my interest.
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Hmmm - it's OK, but the first three chapters haven't really grabbed my attention - in fact I put it away and got another book out. I'll try it again in a couple of months.
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