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The same impression is yielded by the overwhelming majority of the formal trials
on the assize circuits. Of the more than two hundred persons who are known to
have been convicted under the witchcraft statutes on the Home Circuit (Essex, ...
On the Western Circuit between 1670 and 1707, for example, there were 50
persons tried for witchcraft (two of them twice), but of these only six were
executed, and a seventh condemned but reprieved. In Essex the ratio of
acquittals soared as ...
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 witches are), but anybody may do it'.1 The English
witch, like ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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