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, a sombre ridge that looms over the intersecting pastures, meadows and moorland of the Ribble Valley, that their suspicions took infamous shape. The arraignment of the Lancashire witches in the assizes of Lancaster during 1612 is England's most notorious witch-trial. The women who lived in the vicinity of Pendle, who were accused, convicted and hanged alongside the so-called 'Salmesbury Witches', were more than just wicked sorcerers whose malign incantations caused others harm. They were reputed to be part of a dense network of devilry and mischief that revealed itself as much in hidden celebration of the Mass as in malevolent magic. They had to be eliminated to set an example to others. In this remarkable and authoritative treatment, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the case of the Lancashire witches, Philip C Almond evokes all the fear, drama and paranoia of those volatile times: the bleak story of the storm over Pendle.
Wicca, Witch Craft, Witches and Paganism: A Bible on Witches This book is the bible on witches and paganism by experts on this secretive and underground world! It is finally unlocked for you. Discover and learn everything there is to know about witchcraft, spells, and witches. This masterpiece is a collection of the best works of Wicca experts Julia Steyson, Glenda Blair, Glinda Abraham. This book is a collection of the following books written by them: Wicca Spell Book: The Ultimate Wiccan Book On Magic And Witches A Guide To Witchcraft, Wicca And Magic In The New Age With A Divinity Code by Julia Steyson, AND Practical Magic: A Witchcraft Supplies Book of Wicca, Spells, and Runes by Glenda Blair AND Witch Book: A Definitive Guide To Witch Craft, Paganism and Everyday Magic by Glinda Abraham. This bible on witches and magic and spells is hundreds and hundreds of page long with many illustrations and will teach you so much on this magical subject including: Information deities The Wiccan Rede Holidays A full Gardnerian ritual to use as a solitary practitioner or in a coven setting Correspondences for crystals, herbs, flowers and more… The moon phases and what they really stand for Ritual explanations Spells for abundance, love and health Sabbat recipes and crafts Multiple ways on finding your magickal name Ways to connect with Goddess and God energy The Goddess explained The Horned God explained The Universal Spirit of Wicca explained How to identify and create your unique blend of magick How to set up your Pagan or Wiccan altar How to use magickal tools (safely!) How to manifest the energies you most desire in your life How to understand and use tarot cards and other divination methods How to celebrate Pagan and Wiccan holidays. How to perform the right spells for the occasion. AND MUCH MUCH MORE..... This is the most in-depth and detailed guide on wicca, witch craft, paganism and spells you can find. It ls all here! This is a BIBLE!
September 1613. In Belvoir Castle, the heir of one of England’s great noble families falls suddenly and dangerously ill. His body is ‘tormented’ with violent convulsions. Within a few short weeks he will suffer an excruciating death. Soon the whole family will be stricken with the same terrifying symptoms. The second son, the last male of the line, will not survive. It is said witches are to blame. And so the Earl of Rutland’s sons will not be the last to die. Witches traces the dramatic events which unfolded at one of England’s oldest and most spectacular castles four hundred years ago. The case is among those which constitute the European witch craze of the 15th-18th centuries, when suspected witches were burned, hanged, or tortured by the thousand. Like those other cases, it is a tale of superstition, the darkest limits of the human imagination and, ultimately, injustice – a reminder of how paranoia and hysteria can create an environment in which nonconformism spells death. But as Tracy Borman reveals here, it is not quite typical. The most powerful and Machiavellian figure of the Jacobean court had a vested interest in events at Belvoir.He would mastermind a conspiracy that has remained hidden for centuries.
Drawing on wide range of legal documents from the seventeenth-century, this book contains quantitative and qualitative analyses of witchcraft trials in Scotland and Finnmark, Norway. Attention is drawn towards the voices of the accused persons, the witnesses, and the law. Nominee for the 2016 ICHTH International Book prize.
Based on the richest archive of witchcraft trials found in Europe, this title paints a vivid picture of life amongst the people of a small duchy on the border of France. Robin Briggs' examination of their beliefs in phenomena such as shapeshifting and werewolves proves a vital contribution to historical understanding of witchcraft.
The Wicked Witch of the West's cackling threat, "I'll get you, my pretty. . ." from the Wizard of Oz might be as memorable and instantly recognizable as a witch's iconic pointy-hatted crone image. This volume delves into the stereotypical image of witches and their newts, caldrons, and headwear and investigates their historical origins. Historical fact and imaginative fiction are carefully sorted through, with reference to literature, films, and other forms of pop culture. Modern-day news stories and events remind readers that witches and witchcraft are by no means a thing of the past, though they are ripe for reappraisal.
Describes the different types of witches found in fairy tales, folklore, and literature, and includes the common descriptions of them as well as where they live and how they interact with humans in the tales.