Possessed by the Devil

Possessed by the Devil : The Real History of the Islandmagee Witches & Ireland's only Mass Witchcraft Trial

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In 1711, in County Antrim, eight women were put on trial accused of orchestrating the demonic possession of young Mary Dunbar, and the haunting and supernatural murder of a local clergyman's wife. Mary Dunbar was the star witness in this trial, and the women were, by the standards of the time, believable witches - they smoked, they drank, they just did not look right. With echoes of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible', and in fact Mary Dunbar repeated many of the reports from the Salem Witch trial word for word in court, this is a story of murder, of hysteria, and of how the 'witch craze' that claimed over 400,000 lives in Europe played out on Irish shores.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 224 pages
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 0752480863
  • 9780752480862

About Andrew Sneddon

Dr Andrew Sneddon, history lecturer at the University of Ulster, is the foremost expert on the history of witchcraft in Ireland and his research has attracted widespread media interest. His first book, Witchcraft and Whigs was published in 2008.show more