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The Yorkshire Witch: The Life and Trial of Mary Bateman

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On the morning of 20 March 1809, the woman who had earned herself the title of 'The Yorkshire Witch' was hanged upon York's 'New Drop' gallows before an estimated crowd of 20,000 people.

Some of those who came to see Mary Bateman die had traveled all the way from Leeds, many of them on foot, and many of them were doubtless the victims of her hoaxes and extortion.

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Fran
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Mary Bateman aka The Yorkshire Witch was hanged on 20 March 1809 at the Castle of York before a crowd of approximately 20,000 men, women and children. A festive atmosphere prevailed. Souvenirs were sold and families picnicked nearby. Victims of Mary's hoaxes were among the onlookers at this momentous occasion.

From a very young age, Mary's behavior seemed to be that of a psychopath. She was dubbed The Yorkshire Witch since she claimed to be a clairvoyant. She used her imaginary supernatural
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Amina
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This is the story Of Mary Bateman and boy she was resourceful! I really enjoyed this read, I like forensics science and this book gave me a good idea about how things were done in the early times.
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy!

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Mary Bateman née Harker was born in Asenby, a town in the parish of Topcliffe on the south bank of the River Swale, the date of her birth was unrecorded, only her baptism’s date was recorded “15 January 1768” (approximative birth date late in
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Crime Traveller
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

Exploiting the vulnerable and deceiving the desperate were skills Mary Bateman excelled at. Known as the ‘Yorkshire Witch’ many believed that Mary Bateman did indeed possess powers to communicate with spirits and have the abilities to banish evil. Those targeted by Bateman handed over their possessions and their money for her services and moving from place to place ensured this was a woman who could evade the discovery that she was a fraud. That was until she became too confident and used her

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Susan Angela Wallace
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Yorkshire Witch By Summer Stevens is the life of trial of Mary Bateman.
On the morning of 20 March 1809, the woman who had earned herself the title of ‘The Yorkshire Witch’ was hanged upon York’s ‘New Drop’ gallows before an estimated crowd of 20,000 people.
Some of those who came to see Mary Bateman die had travelled all the way from Leeds, many of them on foot, and many of them were doubtless the victims of her hoaxes and extortions.
A consummate con-artist, Mary was extremely adept at
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Katia M. Davis
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Before I started reading this book, I made sure I had read Extraordinary Life And Character Of Mary Bateman, The Yorkshire Witch: Traced From The Earliest Thefts Of Her Infancy, Etc Till Her Execution On The 20th Of March, 1809, the 1811 publication that ran to 12 reprints. I read that first because I wanted to have a look at information as close in time to the events as possible. I wish I hadn't. I would probably have enjoyed the volume by Strevens a lot more. I don't know how the blurb on the ...more
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
‘When Mary Bateman was born, she was of so little importance that the date of her birth went unrecorded. When it came to her final moments on the gallows however, thousands of spectators witnessed her execution upon York’s ‘New Drop’ on the morning of Monday 20th March 1809, some of whom, packed shoulder to shoulder in the crowd, were convinced to the very end that the Yorkshire Witch would save herself from death at the last moment by employing her supernatural powers to vanish into thin air as ...more
Ape
Interesting, and obviously thoroughly researched account of an infamous Yorkshire character from the late 1700s/early 1800s. Written in an easy-read, chatty style.
Whilst Mary Bateman was nicknamed the Yorkshire Witch, readers should not be looking out for an account of anyone tried of witchcraft or having gotten up to majorly witchly ways (even though apparently people were expecting her to witch her way out of the hangman's noose at the very end). In plain fact Mary Bateman seems to have been a
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Jennifer
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about the life and trial of Mary Bateman. She was hanged on March 20, 1809 after being convicted of murder just days before. But Mary’s crimes began many years earlier when at the age of 5 she stole a pair of shoes. She became a very clever con-woman and thief, and while she was convicted of one murder, there were several other unusual deaths within her circle of influence over the years. The author has compiled the known facts about Mary and the society she lived in, in order to ...more
Eileen Hall
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary Bateman was what the Americans in the Old West called a "Snake Oil Salesman", but much more.
At the time this book was set there were no doctors, social services or anyone whose job it was to look after the populace.
She was persuasive. She knew how to influence and manipulate local people, who were simple folk, willing to grasp anything to make things better.
Quite rightly she was tried for her heinous crimes and hanged in York, where throngs of people came from all over to watch the
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Amy Morgan
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from net galley in exchange for an honest review. This work of nonfiction reads more like a fiction story which makes it much more enjoyable as non-fiction usually tends to be a lot dryer. I found Mary Bateman to be a fascinating subject especially for someone who studied psychology. This was a well written and well researched very interesting read!
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I recieved this book from Netgalley and Pen and Sword History in exchange for a honest and fair review. Thank you!

I enjoyed this book. It tells the story of Mary Bateman, an English criminal and alleged witch, the Yorkshire Witch. During the 1780s, she became a minor thief and con artist who often convinced many of her victims she possessed supernatural powers. A con-artist, she seems to have had little moral principles, always on the look out for a soft target.

In 1806 she created the hoax known
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Born in London, Summer Strevens now lives and writes in Oxfordshire. Capitalising on a lifelong passion for historical research, as well as penning feature articles of regional historical interest for newspapers, magazines and online publications, Summer’s published books include Haunted Yorkshire Dales, York Murder & Crime, The Birth of Chocolate City: Life in Georgian York, The A-Z of ...more