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September 06 , 2010

The Other Pendle Witches


An fascinating account of witch trials in 1634 where over 60 local people were arrested in the area of Pendle Forest (East Lancashire - Northern England). These unfortunates were tried for their lives on the evidence of a ten year-old boy who became famous as the 'Pendle Witch-finder.'

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This case became nationally famous when King Charles the First took a personal interest. Playwrights wrote and performed plays in London and these were widely acclaimed.

The 1634 trials followed on from the infamous Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 when ten Pendle people were executed at Lancaster gaol for having consorted with the Devil and causing death by means of witchcraft.

In 1634 we see that a number of the families caught up in the 1612 case appear once more as witches. In particular Jennet Device, a young girl who was responsible for the deaths of a number of people by giving false testimony, is herself indicted by the witch-finder boy.

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