Witches : The history of a persecution

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When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for subjugated persons - even when the power is wielded by the Church.

Witchcraft was viewed as devil-worship. Between 1450 and 1750, one hundred thousand people were accused, subject to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witches examines the wildfire-spread of witch hunting across Europe and America, as well as its roots in misogyny and religious persecution.

It includes:
* Letters and trial testimonies from those charged with witchcraft, as well as some from self-proclaimed witches
* Biographic detail of key witch hunters, such as Matthew Hopkins (the so-called Witchfinder General) who was responsible for hundreds of executions
* Accounts of famous witch trials, from Chelmsford to Salam

Nigel Cawthorne explores the real facts behind this persecution and the contexts that triggered it, tracing it back to its source.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 182g
  • Arcturus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 1789508045
  • 9781789508048
  • 42,991

About Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne studied at University College London, where he gained an Honours degree in Physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has been a writer and editor for over 25 years. He has written, contributed to and edited more than 100 books, including The World's Greatest Royal Scandals, Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England, The Strange Laws of Old England and Public Executions.
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