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The Lancashire Witches Histories and Stories by Robert Poole

The Lancashire Witches Histories and Stories


The Lancashire Witches Histories and Stories by Robert Poole

This book is the first major study of England's biggest and best-known witch trial which took place in 1612, when ten witches were arraigned and hung in the village of Pendle in Lancashire. The book has equal appeal across the disciplines of both History and English Literature/Renaissance Studies, with essays by the leading experts in both fields. Includes helpful summaries to explain the key points of each essay. Brings the subject up-to-date with a study of modern Wicca and paganism, including present-day Lancashire witches. Quite simply, this is the most comprehensive study of any English witch trial. -- .


The standard of the various articles is impressive, and it is apparent that they are all based on thorough, rigorous research. The book's layout and general organization is particularly pleasing. The introductory sections to each of the sections are clear, concise and very helpful for readers. -- Bob Walinski-Kiehl, The University of Portsmouth

About the Author

Robert Poole is Reader in History at St. Martin's College, Lancaster -- .

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2003


Robert Poole

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Manchester University Press


240 pages


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

Social & cultural history



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