Sad tale of the Witches of Warbois
On this day in 1593, the entire Samuel family of Warbois, Huntingdon, England, was executed on charges of witchcraft.
It was during the reign of Elizabeth I and witch mania was rife. The most important form of evidence in many of the witch trials was attained by ‘ordeal’. These efforts included torture of the most horrific nature including hot pincers, the thumbscrew, the iron maiden, and many other such methods. These torture methods varied by region and the person carrying out the ordeal.
In Warbois, an imaginative and depressive girl named Joan Throgmorton, whose head was filled with stories of ghosts and witches, happened to pass the cottage of a physically unattractive and mentally backward old woman known as Mother Samuel ...
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