The Ipswich Witch
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The Ipswich Witch : Mary Lackland and the Suffolk Witch Hunts

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The year 1645 saw the biggest witch-hunt in English history. Faced by the extreme challenges of religious dissent, poverty, sickness and the threat of foreign invasion, Ipswich became an ideological battlefield during the English Civil Wars. Here Puritanism struggled against Catholic sensibilities, the Devil loomed at the door of every English home, and the age of the witchfinder was born. This book focuses on witchcraft in Ipswich and the most extreme punishment ever given to an English witch, and challenges some stereotypes of the period: reflecting on the growth in Puritan sects, gender politics, the exploitation of the poor, the importance of beliefs in the occult and the rise of English power in the New World.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 12mm | 339.99g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752480529
  • 9780752480527
  • 2,099,337

About David L. Jones

DAVID L. JONES, a writer and researcher who lives in Ipswich, works at Ipswich Museum. His role there is to be a bridge between the academic discipline of history and the interested member of the public. A frequent contributor to journals and magazines including the museum's own guides, this book is the product of forty-seven years of study. His previous titles for The History Press's sister company Phillimore include Ipswich in the Second World War.show more

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