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Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 24, 2006 - History - 384 pages
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By the spring of 1645, civil war had exacted a terrible toll upon England. Disease was rife, apocalyptic omens appeared in the skies, and idolators detected in every shire. In a remote corner of Essex, two obscure gentlemen began interrogating women suspected of witchcraft, triggering the most brutal witch-hunt in English history.

Witchfinders is a spellbinding study of how Matthew Hopkins, 'the Witchfinder General', and John Stearne extended their campaign across East Anglia, driven by godly zeal. Exploiting the anxiety and lawlessness of the times, and cheered on by ordinary folk, they extracted confessions of satanic pacts resulting in scores of executions.

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A very interesting premise and certainly one that has not been attempted in recent years. The Witch hunts and persecutions of the 1640s under MAtthew Hopkins have entered local lore in East Anglia and ... Read full review

Witchfinders: a seventeenth-century English tragedy

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Salem, Massachusetts, 1692: discussions of witch hunts generally begin and end then and there. However, as Gaskill, Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, reveals, witch hunts are not unique to this ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Malcolm Gaskill was born in Suffolk but grew up in Kent. He attended Cambridge University where he read History. He completed a PhD on early modern England, then taught at Keele, Belfast and APU, before becoming Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1999.

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