A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718

July 20, 2016 - Comment

Excerpt from preface: This study of witchcraft has been limited to a period of about one hundred and sixty years in English history. The year 1558 has been chosen as the starting point because almost immediately after the accession of Elizabeth there began the movement for a new law, a movement which resulted in the

Excerpt from preface: This study of witchcraft has been limited to a period of about one hundred and sixty years in English history. The year 1558 has been chosen as the starting point because almost immediately after the accession of Elizabeth there began the movement for a new law, a movement which resulted in the statute of 1563. With that statute the history of the persecution of witches gathers importance. The year 1718 has been selected as a concluding date because that year was marked by the publication of Francis Hutchinson’s notable attack upon the belief. Hutchinson levelled a final and deadly blow at the dying superstition.

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Anthony Spadaro says:

Well researched and written but too repetitive for me I bought This book in the free kindle edition – I’ll read almost anything so long as it is well written and inexpensive.For those looking to research the subject this is a treasure trove of accurate information about Witch prosecutions in England during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. It is about England – only. There are only a few paragraphs about the Salem trials and I don’t remember any names coming up in that section – certainly no family histories. For me the multitude of…

Darcia Helle says:

Great For Research This book is more a history of witchcraft trials and outcomes in England, rather than of witchcraft itself. The writing is dry bordering on dull, which is to be expected of a textbook from the period in which this one was written. It’s factual accounts, with no summation or interjection from the author.I’ve read a lot about the Salem witch trials that took place here in the US, but I had little knowledge about the events in England that precipitated Salem. I found the history…

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