The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth

Book Cover: The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 16.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291935172
Pages: 549

A factually based novel centred around the Lancashire Witch Trials.

The novel is based on the true story of the Pendle witches, who were executed in 1612 for causing harm by witchcraft. Modern critics such as David Punter consider the book to be Ainsworth’s best work.

The subject of the Pendle witches was suggested to Ainsworth by antiquarian and long-time friend James Crossley, President of the Chetham Society.

During 1846 and 1847 Ainsworth visited all of the major sites involved in the story, such as Pendle Hill and Malkin Tower, home of the Demdikes, one of the two families accused of witchcraft.

He wrote the story in 1848, when it was serialised in the Sunday Times newspaper.

The Life of Dr. John Dee (1527 – 1608) by Charlotte Fell Smith

Book Cover: The Life of Dr. John Dee (1527 – 1608) by Charlotte Fell Smith
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 9.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291940411
Pages: 214

Dr. John Dee, Elizabethan Scholar, Astrologer, Occultist  and Alchemist.

John Dee was a much respected mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, alchemist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I, but subsequently derided as a conjurer and a trickster.

Dee became Queen Elizabeth’s trusted advisor on astrological and scientific matters, choosing her coronation date himself. From the 1550s through the 1570s, he served as an advisor to England’s voyages of discovery, providing technical assistance in navigation and ideological backing in the creation of a “British Empire”

Dee’s library, at 4000 volumes, was the largest philosophical and scientific library collection in Elizabethan England.

Queen Elizabeth finally made him Warden of Christ’s College, Manchester, in 1595.