The disturbing trial of the Pendle witch child

A witch trial hinged on the testimony of a nine-year-old girl resulted in 10 executions

Stars Insider

15/11/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Witchcraft

The Salem witch trials occurred at the end of the 17th century and are the most famous of all witch trials, but for those who know a little about Britain's dark history, it's clear that the Pendle witch trials were just as devastating and disturbing. They occurred several decades before those in Salem, and were in fact used as a blueprint by the Puritan prosecutors across the pond. One of the unusual elements they chose to adopt was the use of testimony from young children.

The Pendle witch trial of 1612 relied entirely on eyewitness evidence provided by a nine-year-old girl, who testified against her entire family and sent them to their deaths. Click through the following gallery to learn about this horrifying chapter in history and how it influenced the centuries of witch hunts that followed.

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