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The Trial of the Lancashire Witches

Video about the trial of the 'Lancashire Witches', the first people in England to be prosecuted for Satanic witchcraft. Part of a Futurelearn course.

In this short video you’ll find out more about the trial of the Lancashire witches in 1612.

As you watch, you might find it helpful to make some notes about the key issues that relate to Lancaster Castle and its context during the Early Modern period.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • To what extent does the social and economic status of the people accused of being witches explain what happened to them?

  • How did the campaign against witches link to the need to maintain the power of the monarchy?

  • What kinds of questions might historians need to keep in mind when they assess the validity of Potts’ account of the trial of the Lancashire witches?

As usual, our learners are encouraged to share their thoughts by posting a comment.

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