Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 January 2003

240 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719062049

Bookseller Code (06)

The Lancashire witches

Histories and stories

Robert Poole

Published by Manchester University Press

  • This book is the first major study of England's biggest and best-known witch trial which took place in 1612, when ten witches were arraigned and hung in the village of Pendle in Lancashire
  • The book has equal appeal across the disciplines of both History and English Literature/Renaissance Studies, with essays by the leading experts in both fields
  • Includes helpful summaries to explain the key points of each essay
  • Brings the subject up-to-date with a study of modern Wicca and paganism, including present-day Lancashire witches
  • Quite simply, this is the most comprehensive study of any English witch trial
  • A collection of up-to-date scholarship/writing on northern England's biggest witch trial
  • Accessible essays by a variety of scholars (of history, law, literature, drama, and religion)
  • Covers the trials themselves, their social and religious context, their afterlife in literature, drama and folklore, and their continuing significance in the present day
  • The essays are summarised and set in context by historian Robert Poole and introduced by James Sharpe, the leading expert on English witchcraft