Buy Used
£16.62
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Greener_Books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Lancashire Witches: A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill Hardcover – 30 Jul 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£19.22 £16.63

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
click to open popover

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780760620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780760629
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

The Lancashire witch-trials of 1612 represent of the most mysterious and misunderstood episodes from seventeenth-century England. With great skill and care, Philip Almond dispels myths and disentangles a series of complex and overlapping stories to present a gripping narrative about paranoia and power. One of the most fascinating aspects of the case, superbly plotted in this book, is the way that at a precise moment in England s history the neighbourhood squabbles of a remote community collided with political anxiety at the heart of government. Almond reconstructs these events sensitively and judiciously. The sympathy he shows to the women who died is fitting, but does not obstruct an understanding of the accusers motives, their fears and their determination to purge society of evil, however misguided these motives seem today. An ability to make sense of a past realm of reality, and such a strange one as this, is in the finest tradition of historical writing. --- Malcolm Gaskill, Professor of Early Modern History, University of East Anglia, and author of Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy

The Lancashire witch trials of 1612 are England s Salem, yet too few of us know they occurred. In this alert and able study, Philip Almond sets out to correct that, telling the story straight and with great thoroughness and good sense. He has in doing so cast fascinating light on one of the darkest moments in our history. --- Diane Purkiss, Fellow in English, Keble College Oxford, and author of The Witch in History: Early Modern and Late Twentieth Century Representations

The Lancashire witch trials of 1612 are the most famous in English history, and now probably the most intensely studied. It is very much to Philip Almond's credit that he manages to find fresh and interesting suggestions to make about them, from a new and close reading of the records. In doing so, he shows the same intense capacity to engage with early modern people, as distinct personalities, that has characterised all of his previous work. This is history at its most vivid: a consistently exciting read. - --Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol, and author of The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

'...the most detailed and historically accurate account of the extraordinary 1612 trials that gripped Britain.' --The Daily Express

The Lancashire witch trials of 1612 are the most famous in English history, and now probably the most intensely studied. It is very much to Philip Almond's credit that he manages to find fresh and interesting suggestions to make about them, from a new and close reading of the records. In doing so, he shows the same intense capacity to engage with early modern people, as distinct personalities, that has characterised all of his previous work. This is history at its most vivid: a consistently exciting read. - --Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol, and author of The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

'Philip C. Almond does an excellent job of disentangling facts and revealing motivations.' --Times Literary Supplement

The Lancashire witch trials of 1612 are the most famous in English history, and now probably the most intensely studied. It is very much to Philip Almond's credit that he manages to find fresh and interesting suggestions to make about them, from a new and close reading of the records. In doing so, he shows the same intense capacity to engage with early modern people, as distinct personalities, that has characterised all of his previous work. This is history at its most vivid: a consistently exciting read. --- Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol, and author of The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

About the Author

Philip C. Almond is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Queensland, and is internationally respected for his work on religion and the history of ideas, especially during the English Enlightenment. His nine previous books include The Witches of Warboys and England s First Demonologist (both I.B.Tauris), The British Discovery of Buddhism, Heaven and Hell in Enlightenment England, and Adam and Eve in Seventeenth-Century Thought.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book about the Lancashire witches. It is clearly written and gives the background to the trial and the accused and also includes the Samlesbury witches.
Political ambition, religious prejudice and fear of the inexplicable all played a part in the demise of the 11 hapless individuals who paid a heavy price for their beliefs.
The book is clearly written and relies on facts rather than supposition. It is well worth reading if you are interested in history.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book gives a good account of the events surrounding the Lancashire witch trials but there is repartition of events and a lot of names to remember which makes reading it a bit heavy going.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very interesting book . A good read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse