A History of the Pendle Witches and Their Magic

By: Joyce Froome

A History of the Pendle Witches and Their Magic

  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Carnegie Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781874181620
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Synopsis

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. This book offers a detailed account of the extraordinary events that took place in Lancashire in 1612, focusing on James and Alizon Device, the teenage brother and sister at the centre of the case. It draws on a wealth of sources, including books of magic and trial records, to evoke a world of magicians and cunning folk, of charms, divination and familiar spirits. It is illustrated with photographs of magical objects in the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, and of a modern family recreating seventeenthcentury spells and rituals. Taking a thought-provoking new approach to the history of witchcraft, it conjures a vivid picture of what it was like to be someone who practised magic during the witch-hunts.

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