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The witches of Samelsbury, they were three women from the area of Lancashire, which was a village of Samlesbury, the three women were Jennet Bierley, Jane Southworth and Ellen Bierly, who were accused by a 14-year-old girl, known as Grace Sowerbutts, of the use and practising of magic. Their trial was at Lancaster Assizes in England #onthisday 19th August 1612 A.D. at this time in England there were a series of witch trials held over the two days, this is amongst the most famous in English History. Thomas Potts who was a clerk at a court, published a book on the “The wonderfull Discoveries of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster”. It is arguable that the number of accused were found guilty and hanged at a High number of ten in Lancaster and more in York. In the end three of the Samlesbury women were acquitted however.

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The various of charges that the other women faced were: Child murder and Cannibalism, this included the Pendle witches and who were also accused of Maleficium caused by the harm of witchcraft.

This was a era of 16 and 17 century of witch trials at the height of many problems due to religious struggles of that era such as the Catholic and Protestant struggle.

 

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