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In 1645, two obscure gentlemen, Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, exploited the anxiety and lawlessness of the time and initiated a brutal campaign to drive out the presumed evil in their midst. Malcolm Gaskill retells the chilling story of the most savage witch-hunt in English history. By the autumn of 1647 at least 250 people--mostly women--had been captured, interrogated, and hauled before the courts, with more than a hundred hanged.A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy Malcolm Gaskill. to be true in a literal sense. Unlike Perkins he ... While Harvey was, allegedly, dissecting Alice Birda#39;s pet frog, a London printer was preparing a new edition of Michael Daltona#39;s Countrey Justice, the magistratea#39;s handbook. Having recently read an authoritative guideanbsp;...

Author:Malcolm Gaskill
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2007-09


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