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The Lancashire Witch Conspiracy

The Lancashire Witch Conspiracy is a remarkable new book by John A. Clayton, focusing on the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. He has undertaken extensive research to achieve what seemed impossible, bringing valuable new evidence to light. It was the largest witch trial in England at that time, surpassed only by Matthew Hopkins’ reign of terror as the Witchfinder General nearly four decades later.

No legal records have survived, but the Lancashire case was so sensational that a court clerk, Thomas Potts, was commissioned to write a pamphlet defending the hangings of eleven witches, mostly frail and elderly women. Designed to exonerate the judges from criticism, his account has perpetuated the myths surrounding magic and witchcraft. In the first half of his book, Clayton details the history of Pendle Forest from the Norman Conquest until the reign of James I. He traces the lineage of Lancashire’s landowning gentry, many of whom were instrumental in the accusations of 1612.

Read the original article at: Tara Hanks

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