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The Lancashire Witches

The Lancashire Witches by Harrison Ainsworth
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The Lancashire Witches is a highly fictionalised account of the activities of the notorious witches Demdike, Chattox and Alice Nutter who, together with others terrorised the district of Lancashire around Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland during the early seventeenth century. The witches named in the book were real enough, if not as witches then as people. Ainsworth, in his story brings in the dissolution of Whalley Abbey and the historic families of Assheton, Braddyll and Nowell and takes us through to the final trial and execution at Lancaster Castle in 1612. (Summary by Andy Minter)

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[Illustration: NICHOLAS ASSHETON AND THE THREE DOLL WANGOS LEAVING HOGHTON HALL.]

THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES. A Romance of Pendle Forest.

By William Harrison Ainsworth, Esq.

Sir Jeffery . Is there a justice in Lancashire has so much skill in witches as I have? Nay, I'll speak a proud word; you shall turn me loose against any Witch finder in Europe. I'd make an ass of Hopkins if he were alive. SHADWELL.

Third Edition.

Illustrated by John Gilbert.

London: George Routledge & Co., Farringdon Street. 1854.

To James Crossley, Esq., (of Manchester,)

President of the Chetham Society, And the Learned Editor Of "The Discoverie of Witches in the County of Lancaster,"

The groundwork of the following pages, This Romance, undertaken at his suggestion, is inscribed by his old, and sincerely attached friend, The Author.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

The Last Abbot of Whalley.

I. THE BEACON ON PENDLE HILL II. THE ERUPTION III. WHALLEY ABBEY IV. THE MALEDICTION V. THE MIDNIGHT MASS VI. TETER ET FORTIS CARCER VII... Continue reading book >>


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