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A common formula was that of the sieve and the shears : 'Stick a pair of shears in
the rind of a sieve and let two persons set the top of each of their forefingers upon
the upper part of the shears holding it with the sieve up from the ground ...
sorcery, by noting that a magical technique, like tying knots to prevent the
consummation of a marriage, had 'less affinity with witchcraft, because not
peculiar persons only (such as vritches are), but anybody may do it'.1 The
English witch, like ...
In fact, of the one hundred and nine persons whom Ewen showed to have been
executed on the Home Circuit only seven were men.1 Contemporary writers also
agreed that witches came from the lowest ranks of society. They were usually ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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