Ancient Arab shipwreck sheds light on 9th century trade
Published on March 8th, 2011 | by Admin1
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.
Story: Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop, New York Times | Photo: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery