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SUGGETT, Richard
WELSH WITCHES: Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th- and 17th-century Wales. Deluxe Edition
United Kingdom: Atramentous Press, 2018. First Edition. Leather. Octavo. The Deluxe Edition, specially bound in full blue leather elaborately decorated in gold and blackon the upper and lower covers, spine panel titled & decorated in gold, special Strathmore Grandee endpapers, gilt page edges, heavy cream paper with book mark ribbon. Housed in a sturdy felt-lined cloth covered slipcase. Issued in a limited edition of just 13 copies. 250 pp, bibliography. A fine copy in slipcase, without dust jacket, as issued. Fine in slipcase. Item #311162 ¶ Authentic accounts of witchcraft accusations in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and Wales are rare. There is of course a sensational pamphlet literature based on witchcraft trials but this source can be problematic, especially as the trial documents have disappeared. However, a rich archive of pre-trial documents relating to witchcraft accusations has been discovered in the records of the Court of Great Sessions of Wales. These unique documents are the complaints of those who believed themselves bewitched, the depositions of witnesses, and the examinations of suspected witches. The Court of Great Sessions had the power of life and death and sent many convicted felons to the gallows. We know exactly when the first prosecution for murder by witchcraft took place in Wales. In 1594 Gwen ferch Ellis of Denbighshire was tried for felonious witchcraft, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. This case was something of a cause celebre. Remarkably the record survives of Gwen's interrogation by the bishop of St Asaph as well as the d … [Click Below for Full Description]
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