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Witchcraft in England and Colonial America

The following is an excerpt from my new book Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History. As a cultural history, I discuss how beliefs migrated from various parts of the world, most notably England (since the majority of Illinois pioneers were English or Scots-Irish). 603 more words

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Witchcraft in England and Colonial America

The following is an excerpt from my new book Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History. As a cultural history, I discuss how beliefs migrated from various parts of the world, most notably England (since the majority of Illinois pioneers were English or Scots-Irish). 603 more words

Illinois

Book Review: The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

3 out of 5 Stars

I don’t tend to read a lot of historical fiction, but this book caught my eye as I was perusing the aisles at my local library. 635 more words

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Debut novel based on the true story of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Once, I scarcely believed in the devil. I scorned the kind of folk who earnestly think he can put on a physical form, like a coat, whether that form be like a cat or a dog or some warped combining of the two; those who have it that the devil can enter a person in such a manner that he can be deftly taken out again, like a stone from a plum. 429 more words

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His Last Witch Hunt by Deborah C. Foulkes

An intriguing tale that takes place during the English Civil War about The Witch Finder General, Matthew Hopkins.  The village of Hopton is shaken by a death and witchcraft is suspected as the cause.   112 more words

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The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

Purely by coincidence, I read this just after Emma Flint’s excellent Little Deaths, and despite the two very different settings, I was struck by the similarities. 580 more words

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Witches: A Century of Murder (Documentary)

I found the documentary, “Witches: A Century of Murder” on Netflix.  It covered the witch trials in Great Britain and discussed some of the key players.   277 more words