Why did the prosecution of witches cease in England?


By Clive Holmes, published 16th November 2014

This lucid survey of the history of witch trials in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth century focuses on the question of ‘why did the formal prosecution of witches cease?' Accusations of witchcraft can be found throughout the nineteenth century yet the last conviction was in 1712. Clive Holmes explores changing views and growing scepticism among the elite, a scepticism less apparent in popular belief...

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