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The Witches of Warboys: An Extraordinary Story of Sorcery, Sadism and Satanic Possession
There is no more dramatic story in the annals of English witchcraft than that of The Witches of Warboys. On a foggy November day in 1589, when one of the five daughters of Robert and Elizabeth Throckmorton suddenly fell sick, no one in the small English village of Warboys could have predicted the terrifying events that would follow. Or envisaged that four years later, in A ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Full of compelling surreal details. The best being the 'Dun Chicken', which, we are told, was a familiar spirit that often visited the accused witch Alice Samuel. 'Dun' is an old way saying brown, so we are presented with the bizarre spectacle of an English witch trial that is somewhat centered on the malevolent intentions and machinations of an evil Brown Chicken. The results are darkly comic, as when Alice Samuel is asked how she knew the Brown Chicken was not a natural chicken, and responds t ...more
This was interesting, but it did seem to drag on a bit -- there are only so many descriptions of "fits" I can read without rolling my eyes. It's not quite the page-turner the pull quotes promise, but it is an interesting and thorough look at the events surrounding one little-examined witch trial.
Dec 08, 2008 Richard rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Historians of the sixteenth century, witch-craze enthusiasts
This is the extended and rather confused account of the supposed bewitchment of the Throckmorton girls by the Samuels family. Don't expect explanations for the girls' behaviour which would stack up in twenty-first century terms and this book is almost acceptable.