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350-year-old witch trial diary put online

A 17th century notebook containing details about the trials of convicted witches in England has been published online. Click here to read it.

The notebook written by Nehemiah Wallington, an English Puritan, recounts the fate of women accused of having relationships with the devil at a time when England was embroiled in a bitter civil war.

The document reveals the details of a witchcraft trial held in Chelmsford in July 1645, when more than a hundred suspected witches were serving time in Essex and Suffolk according to his account.

“Divers (many) of them voluntarily and without any forcing or compulsion freely declare that they have made a covenant with the Devill,” he wrote.

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Story: Michelle Martin, Reuters | Photo: CHICC

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