The Lancashire Witch Craze

The Lancashire Witch Craze

Jennet Preston and the Lancashire Witches, 1612

Book - 1995
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Casemate Publishing
This bestseller presents a remarkable series of new insights into the Lancashire Witch Craze. By placing the events in their wider European context, it explains far more satisfactorily than ever before exactly why these disturbing events occurred.
‘Jennet Preston lies heavy upon me,’ cried Thomas Lister on his deathbed. We are told that his corpse bled when she touched it … and Jennet was convicted of witchcraft. Was there really a satanic coven on Pendle side? Or was Jennet framed by Lister’s son? And were the other ‘witches’ actually caught up in a much broader and more disturbing pattern of religious persecution? In this best-selling account, Jonathan Lumby presents a remarkable series of new insights. By placing the events in their wider European context, he explains far more satisfactorily than ever before exactly why these disturbing events occurred.

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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. Distributed by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: [Preston?] : Carnegie, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781859360255
1859360254
Characteristics: xxi, 212 p. : ill., facsims., geneal. tables, maps, ports. ; 22 cm

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