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Conclusion

Once More with Feeling

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 December 2022

Marion Gibson
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University of Exeter
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An emotive, haunting story of a community torn apart, the Essex witch accusations and trial of 1581-2 are, taken together, one of the pivotal instances of that malign and destructive wave of misogynistic persecution which periodically broke over early modern England. Yet, for all their importance in the overall study of witchcraft, the so-called witches of St Osyth have largely been overlooked by scholars. Marion Gibson now sets right that neglect. Using fresh archival sources – and investigating not just the village itself, but also its neighbouring Elizabethan hamlets and habitations – the author offers revelatory new insights into the sixteen women and one man accused of sorcery while asking wider, provocative questions about the way history is recollected and interpreted. Combining landscape detective work, a reconstruction of lost spaces and authoritative readings of newly identified key documents, Gibson skilfully unlocks the poignant personal histories of those denied the chance to speak for themselves.

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Print publication year: 2022

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  • Conclusion
  • Marion Gibson, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Witches of St Osyth
  • Online publication: 02 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108859608.009
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  • Conclusion
  • Marion Gibson, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Witches of St Osyth
  • Online publication: 02 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108859608.009
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  • Conclusion
  • Marion Gibson, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Witches of St Osyth
  • Online publication: 02 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108859608.009
Available formats
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