Hanged for witchcraft: book gives rare insight into 17th Century witch trials

The book is being auctioned on February 11th. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A rare book giving an insight into the witch trials of the 17th century in East Anglia went up auction this week at Sworders (page currently down for some reason, at time of this post).

A Tryal of Witches gives a first hand account of the trial in Bury St Edmunds of two women accused of witchcraft.

It highlights the shaky evidence used to convict and execute those believed to be witches.

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Read the full text of “A tryal of witches, at the Assizes held at Bury St. Edmonds for the County of Suffolk, on the tenth day of March, 1664, before Sir Matthew Hale Kt., then Lord Chief Baron of His Majesties Court of Exchequer

A copy of this rare book is also held at the University of Glasgow.

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