A Trial of Witches by Ivan Bunn
A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution

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In 1662, Amy Denny and Rose Cullender were accused of witchcraft, and, in one of the most important of such cases in England, stood trial and were hanged in Bury St Edmunds. A Trial of Witches is a complete account of this sensational trial and an analysis of the court procedures, and the larger social, cultural and political concerns of the period.
In a critique of the official process, the book details how the erroneous conclusions of the trial were achieved. The authors consider the key participants in the case, including the judge and medical witness, their institutional importance, their part in the fate of the women and their future careers.
Through detailed research of primary sources, the authors explore the important implications of this case for the understanding of hysteria, group mentality, social forces and the witchcraft phenomenon as a whole.
 

About Ivan Bunn

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Geis-Prof Emeritus, Dept of Criminology, Law & Society, Univ of California, Irvine.
 
Published November 4, 2005 by Routledge. 304 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Law & Philosophy, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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""On Monday, March 17, 1662, in the English market town of Bury St. Edmunds, an assize site on the Norfolk circuit, two old women were hanged by the neck until dead."" Geis, professor emeritus of criminology at UC-Irvine, and Bunn, a local English historian, set out to discover the circumstances ...

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