The Lancashire witches

Histories and stories

Author: Robert Poole

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1847795498

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 8092

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

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781409906001

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 3565

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,Thomas Heywood

Publisher: Theatre Arts Books

ISBN: 9780878301584

Category: Drama

Page: 167

View: 6773

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

A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill

Author: Philip C. Almond

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857732641

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 8557

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.

Wicked Enchantments

The Pendle Witches and Their Magic

Author: Joyce Froome

Publisher: Carnegie Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781874181620

Category: History

Page: 404

View: 6210

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 Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster

Author: Thomas Potts,Robert Poole

Publisher: Carnegie Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781874181781

Category: History

Page: 217

View: 658

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

A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Author: Ronald Hutton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192854490

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 486

View: 6853

'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.

The Demonology of King James I

Includes the Original Text of Daemonologie and News from Scotland

Author: Donald Tyson

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738729949

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

View: 3521

Written by King James I and published in 1597, the original edition of Demonology is widely regarded as one of the most interesting and controversial religious writings in history, yet because it is written in the language of its day, it has been notoriously difficult to understand. Now occult scholar Donald Tyson has modernized and annotated the original text, making this historically important work accessible to contemporary readers. Also deciphered here, for the first time, is the anonymous tract News from Scotland, an account of the North Berwick witch trials over which King James presided. Tyson examines King James’ obsession with witches and their alleged attempts on his life, and offers a knowledgeable and sympathetic look at the details of magick and witchcraft in the Jacobean period. Demonology features historical woodcut illustrations and includes the original old English texts in their entirety. This reference work is the key to an essential source text on seventeenth-century witchcraft and the Scottish witch trials

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Author: James Sharpe

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780582328754

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 2933

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.

The Witch

A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present

Author: Ronald Hutton

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300229046

Category: HISTORY

Page: 376

View: 9954

Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe's history The witch came to prominence--and often a painful death--in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.

The Witch in History

Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations

Author: Diane Purkiss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134882394

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 8561

'Diane Purkiss ... insists on taking witches seriously. Her refusal to write witch-believers off as unenlightened has produced some richly intelligent meditations on their -- and our -- world.' - The Observer 'An invigorating and challenging book ... sets many hares running.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

Malkin Child

Author: Livi Michael

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780954088040

Category:

Page: 111

View: 6399


1612

The Lancashire Witch Trials

Author: Christine Goodier

Publisher: Carnegie Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781874181774

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 7431

This fascinating little book is a great introduction to the story of the Pendle witch trials of 1612.

The Lure of the Lancashire Witches

Author: Jennie Lee Cobban

Publisher: Carnegie Pub.

ISBN: 9781874181798

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 192

View: 9914

This title is a very lively, rich, well researched and informative history which looks behind the enduring appeal of the Lancashire witches. It provides fascinating new insights into changing attitudes towards witches.

The Lancashire Witch Conspiracy

Histories and New Discoveries of the Pendle Witch Trials

Author: John A. Clayton

Publisher: Barrowford Press

ISBN: 9780955382123

Category: Lancashire (England)

Page: 264

View: 1588

The Lancashire Witch Conspiracy draws upon the experience of an author well versed and qualified in the history of his locality - namely the Forest of Pendle. John A Clayton provides here an in-depth study of the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 and, in so doing, many new discoveries of the event come to light. For instance; the most famous 'witch' of them all, Old Demdike (Elizabeth Southern), is found amongst the dusty records of Whalley parish church where she was both baptised and married. Demdike's husband, a farmer, brought his new wife and her illigitimate child into Pendle Forest and this would eventually trigger the trials at Lancaster of 19 people upon charges of witchcraft. The ancestors of Old Demdike, along with those of Chattox, Elizabeth Device, Alice Nutter et al are covered in a detail never before seen. The history of the Pendle Forest is covered in a depth that provides an unrivalled understanding of the subject of the Pendle Witches. The religious and political climate within the forest provide us with a fascinating idea of the times and, above all, new evidence is offered to show that the gentry would go to any lengths in the advancement of their estates - this would lead to tragedy for whole families within Pendle.

The Lancashire Witches

A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill

Author: Philip C. Almond

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857732641

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 7660

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.

In the Devil's Snare

The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

Author: Mary Beth Norton

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307426369

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 4156

Award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly original, meticulously researched, and utterly riveting study. In 1692 the people of Massachusetts were living in fear, and not solely of satanic afflictions. Horrifyingly violent Indian attacks had all but emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and many traumatized refugees—including the main accusers of witches—had fled to communities like Salem. Meanwhile the colony’s leaders, defensive about their own failure to protect the frontier, pondered how God’s people could be suffering at the hands of savages. Struck by the similarities between what the refugees had witnessed and what the witchcraft “victims” described, many were quick to see a vast conspiracy of the Devil (in league with the French and the Indians) threatening New England on all sides. By providing this essential context to the famous events, and by casting her net well beyond the borders of Salem itself, Norton sheds new light on one of the most perplexing and fascinating periods in our history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors

Author: Sue Wilkes

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1848847440

Category: Reference

Page: 210

View: 6069

"Sue Wilkes’s accessible and informative handbook outlines Lancashire’s history and describes the origins of its major industries - cotton, coal, transport, engineering, shipbuilding and others. She looks at the stories of important Lancashire families such as the Stanleys, Molyneuxs and Egertons, and famous entrepreneurs such as Richard Arkwright, in order to illustrate aspects of Lancashire life and to show how the many sources available for family and local history research can be used. Relevant documents, specialist archives and libraries, background reading and other sources are recommended throughout this practical book. Also included is a directory of Lancashire archives, libraries and academic repositories, as well as databases of family history societies, useful genealogy websites, and places to visit which bring Lancashire’s past to life"--Book jacket.