The Lancashire Witches: A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill
In the febrile religious and political climate of late sixteenth-century England, when the grip of the Reformation was as yet fragile and insecure, and underground papism still perceived to be rife, Lancashire was felt by the Protestant authorities to be a sinister corner of superstition, lawlessness, and popery. And it was around Pendle Hill that their suspicions took inf...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by I. B. Tauris
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2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the trial and execution of the Pendle witches and this book has been released to coincide with that. Almond relates details of the accused, the accusers and those that perished supposedly at the hands of the witches. I wouldn't say that this was an amazing book but it was informative and not long winded.
Authoritative academic (and exhaustive) account of the the Lancashire Witches, England's most famous witch-trials. Although not a long book, the academic tone does not make for light reading, and some of the lengthier passages in olde English weren't the easiest to get through, but no stone is left unturned, as everything you could ever want to know about the Pendle witches is contained herein. There are also some excellent photographs and illustrations.
The tale of the Lancashire Witches has been covered in depth by many local historians, but this latest study comes from a well-known historian of witchcraft. Therefore, it brings the story to a wider audience. With a 400 year-old case, we can only have educated opinions about what really happened. Almond's work is about 160 pages long, plus footnotes, and is effectively an insightful commentary on research that has gone before.