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The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories

Robert Poole


This book is a major study of England's biggest and best-known witch trial, which took place in 1612, when ten witches were arraigned and hanged in the village of Pendle in Lancashire. In it, 11 experts from a variety of fields offer surveys of these events and their meanings for contemporaries, for later generations, and for the present day. Chapters look at the politics and ideology of witch-hunting, the conduct of the trial, the social and economic contexts, the religious background, and the local and family details of the episode.

Keywords: witch trial, 1612, witches, Pendle, Lancashire, politics, ideology, witch-hunting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719062032
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719062032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Poole, author