- Title: The Lancashire Witch Craze
- Author: Jonathan Lumby
- ISBN: 9781859360255
- Page: 394
- Format: Paperback
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 disturbing pattern of religious persecution In thJennet 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 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 satisfactorily than ever before exactly why these disturbing events occurredVIEWS Perhaps the best book about 17th Century witchcraft trials ever written This work is not just about a couple of court cases in York and Lancashire in the early 1600s It closely examines those cases in order to put them in perspective, showing the beliefs and superstitions about witchcraft in England and Europe during that era The research and analysis of available local records are remarkable, but so is the three page bibliography of contemporary and modern publications about witchcraft Arizoniana, LLC on 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 Reference and Research Book News, 2012 12
Recent Comments "The Lancashire Witch Craze"
This is an incredibly well researched, well written account which shed a clear spotlight on an often murky area of local history-turned-legend. I am very glad I took the time to indulge in my wish to know more about this mysterious period in my local history via this book - the dedication and genuine interest in of the scholar in his subject is evident.Also, there was a lovely little tangent explaining the role of my high school's namesake's connection to the trials due to the underlying religio [...]
An enjoyable book this one looking at the dark days of persecution on the grounds of alledged withchcraft in our nations history and the holocaust that enshued here and worldwide.Looking at the Pendle witches in particular the book seeks out the background to various cases of this time and points out 'probable' explanations to explain away the 'evidence' of the day likely obtained through forced confession and fed by religous bigotry times have changed!!Family scandal and class also play a part [...]
Interesting - best book on the subject as far as research and presentation of context for the witch stories and trials.
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