There is no more dramatic story in the annals of english witchcraft than that of the witches of warboyson a foggy november day in 1589 when one of the five daughters of robert and elizabeth throckmorton suddenly fell sick no one in the small english village of warboys could have predicted the terrifying events that would follow. The witches of warboys is a fascinating but neglected episode in the history of english witch trials using contemporary texts and parish records philip c almond pieces together the story with scholarly diligence investigative determination and the imagination of a dramatist. Going behind the texts to reconstruct an enthralling story of sadism sorcery and death the witches of warboys reveals a world where the uncanny and the supernatural the divine and the demonic were only a footfall away. The story of the witches of warboys is one of the most dramatic in annals of english witchcraft yet despite a rich and colourful cast of characters and a potent mixture of tension and pathos to match anything in the later salem witch trials it has never before been told in full. The witches of warboys an extraordinary story of sorcery sadism and satanic possession philip c almond imprint london new york ib tauris 2008 the witches of warboys is one of those rare scholarly works that press impeccable research into the service of a thumping good read eschewing the usual ornate postmodern theories
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