Depiction of the Pendle Witches, Illustration from William Harrison Ainsworth’s 1849 novel, The Lancashire Witches.

The Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 are amongst the most infamous witch hunts in English history. At the age of 9, Jennet Device, the bastard child of Elizabeth Device, accused 12 people of witchcraft. Her testimony resulted in the execution of 10 people, including her mother, her half-sister and her half-brother. Her grandmother died in custody before her trial could take place. Jennet’s case traveled far and influenced many other trials of a similar kind, the most famous of which are the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.






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