This excellent new book tells the story of the Lancashire witches in detail, fleshing out the characters and events in a way which really helps us to understand what sort of people they were, and what their world was like at the time of their persecution. Uniquely, the author also explores how the witches have been portrayed through the centuries, revealing that their image has changed dramatically over the 400 years since the infamous trials. In folklore, literature, art, theatre and elsewhere, they have been variously seen as demons, objects of pity, figures of fun, cartoonish caricatures and beautiful temptresses. But what has remained constant is our fascination with them. The lure of the Lancashire witches, it seems, is as strong as ever.
|Publication date:||6th December 2011|
|Author:||Jennie Lee Cobban|
|Publisher:||Palatine Books an imprint of Carnegie Publishing Ltd|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, Witchcraft & Wicca,|
Jennie Lee Cobban was brought up in Whalley and worked as a journalist and in archaeology. She is well known and respected in the field, and this is her second book.More About Jennie Lee Cobban