The Pendle Witches: ‘The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster’

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The study of ideas of magic and witchcraft in the medieval and early modern period has always been of some general interest to me, with popular cases such as at Salem being in the general historical knowledge of most people. Since my Masters dissertation topic focused on witchcraft in the English royalty (Queen Joan of Navarre and Duchess Eleanor Cobham are two of whom I have also written about in this blog) I thought it would be good to expand this research into cases of witchcraft in England a bit lower down the social ladder.

Despite the popular idea of centuries of witch hunts across Western Europe that generally sits in public knowledge, England was not actually overtly affected with witchcraft hysteria. It’s generally agreed that the witch trials that occurred in England between the early 15th and early 18th centuries (so 300 years worth) resulted in fewer…

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