'The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster' introduced by Robert Poole
Thoma Potts' original account modernised and introduced by Robert Poole
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The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster is the original and definitive account of the Pendle witch trials of 1612. No fewer than twenty Lancashire witches were sent for trial in Lancaster, and ten were hanged. Uniquely, the proceedings were written up by clerk of the court Thomas Potts, and in age before newspapers, it is the only one available: everything we know about the Lancashire witches we know because of Potts.
Historian Robert Poole has sensitively modernised the text, retaining all the information but at last making it accessible for twenty-first century readers. An extended introduction reconstructs the events of 1612, from first accusation to the trial and executions, and traces the remarkable influence of Thomas Potts' book down the ages to the present day.
The original and definitive account of one of England's most famous witch trials.