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Witchcraft and Devil Lore

Witchcraft and Devil Lore
Catalog # SKU2509
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name John Linwood Pitts


Witchcraft and Devil Lore

Transcripts From The Official Records
Of The Guernsey Royal Court,
With An English Translation
And Historical Introduction.

John Linwood Pitts

A study of the withcraft and devil lore once prevalent in the Channel Islands.


The Witchcraft superstitions of the Channel Islands, sad as they were in their characteristics and results-as is abundantly evidenced by our judicial records-were but a part and parcel of that vast wave of unreasoning credulity which swept across the civilised world during the Middle Ages, and more or less affected every class of society, and all sorts and conditions of men. From the lists given in the following pages, it will be seen that in about seventy-one years, during the reigns of Elizabeth, James I. and Charles I., no fewer than seventy-eight persons-fifty-eight of them being women, and twenty of them men-were brought to trial for Sorcery in Guernsey alone.

Out of these unfortunate victims, three women and one man appear to have been burnt alive; twenty-four women and four men were hanged first and burnt afterwards; one woman was hanged for returning to the island after being banished; three women and one man were whipped and had each an ear cut off; twenty-two women and five men were banished from the island; while five women and three men had the good fortune to be acquitted. Most of these accused persons were natives of Guernsey, but mention is made of one woman from Jersey, of three men and a woman from Sark, and of a man from Alderney.

With regard to the gatherings at the so-called Witches' Sabbaths, there can be no doubt that-quite apart from the question of any diabolic presence at such meetings-very questionable assemblies of people did take place at intervals among the inhabitants of many countries. Probably these gatherings first had their rise in the old pagan times, and were subsequently continued from force of habit, long after their real origin and significance had been forgotten.

Now, it would be very easy for these orgies to become associated-particularly in the then superstitious condition of the popular mind-with the actual bodily presence of the Devil as one of the participants; while it is also not improbable that, in some cases at least, heartless and evil-minded persons worked upon the prevailing credulity to further their own nefarious purposes.

65+ pages - 8¼ X 5¼ softcover

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