The Lancashire Witch Craze Paperback – 1 Jul 1999
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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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A good read for anyone interested in the Pendle Witches.