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In this Lunar Shelf post, I’m going to recommend you this brilliant book that tells the stories of eleven different woman accused of witchcraft: Accused: British Witches Throughout History by Willow Winsham, one of the co-founders of Folklore Thursday!
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The World of Accused
In Accused, Willow delivers us eleven stories about eleven different women who were accused of witchcraft. Although they all share this feature of being accused, their stories are totally different from each other. After gathering a lot of material, Willow wrote these incredible chapters in a pleasant way that makes us feel comfortable reading.
I felt like I was reading to some fairy tales – but with no fairies at all! Even though these stories are real, I couldn’t help getting involved with the characters and right on the first page of each chapter I was already cheering for (or against) the witches: Is she going to escape? Is she going to be free? Are people really going to accuse her? Is she going to die? And the most incredible thing: there are some plot twists! Nothing is predictable here!
The Eleven Accused Witches
Below is a list of the eleven women accused of witchcraft you are going to find in Accused:
- Chapter 1 – The Irish Sorceress: Alice Kyteler (1324)
- Chapter 2 – Satan’s Mistress: Agnes Waterhouse (1566)
- Chapter 3 – Charms and Witches – Gwen ferch Ellis (1594)
- Chapter 4 – To Swim a Witch: Mary Sutton (1612)
- Chapter 5 – A Servant’s Revenge: Joan Flower (1619)
- Chapter 6 – The Ipswich Witch: Mary Lakeland (1645)
- Chapter 7 – A Woman of Ill-Repute: Anne Wagg (1650)
- Chapter 8 – Madness of Magic: Isobel Gowdie (1662)
- Chapter 9 – A Witch and a Bitch: Jane Wenham (1712)
- Chapter 10 – A Victorian Witch: Susannah Sellick (1852 – 1860)
- Chapter 11 – The Conspiracy of the Last Witch: Helen Duncan (1944)
Even if you already know one or two, reading the “Accused” version of their story is worthy!
After reading the book, do tell me: which witch was your favourite witch? And which witch was your least favourite? My favourite one was Gwen ferch Ellis (Chapter 3) and my least favourite one was #*$&*%#& (in the video I explain why I can’t say her name).
Who Should read Accused?
I highly recommend Accused for you who are into Witchcraft (that’s probably the reason why you’re here!) and for you who are interested in History in general. It’s fantastic to dive into History assuming the role of such controversial and unique people like these eleven witches.
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[su_service title=”Accused” icon=”icon: book” icon_color=”#9722b7″]Title: Accused: British Witches Throughout History
Author: Willow Winsham
Publisher: Pen and Sword History