DARK DAYS

On this day in 1612, one of Britain’s most infamous witch trials took place

This article is taken from The i-newspaper

and is written by Luke Barber:

On this day in 1612, the Pendle and Samlesbury “witches” stood trial in perhaps Britain’s most infamous witch trials. The Samlesbury women —Jane Southworth, Jennet Brierley and Ellen Brierley—were accused of child murder and cannibalism at Lancaster Assizes and found not guilty. At the same place, on the same day, nine women and two men from Pendle were accused of witchcraft related to a murder. Ten were found guilty and executed. Witch trials were once commonplace across most of Europe. Stemming from the belief that Devil-worshippers posed an organised threat to Christendom, the continent spent three centuries gripped in the throes of widespread moral panic and fear of the occult. It didn’t take much to ‘prove’ that someone had made a covenant with Satan, and by 1750 – when the witch hunting craze began to decline – as many as 50,000 people had been executed for their so-called crimes. During a time of religious superstition, no one was safe from being accused of witchcraft. On the anniversary of the Pendle and Samlesbury witch trials, we take a look at some of the history behind the phenomenon.

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