Witchcraft, women's honour and customary law in early modern Wales

  title={Witchcraft, women's honour and customary law in early modern Wales},
  author={Sally Parkin},
  journal={Social History},
  pages={295 - 318}
  • S. Parkin
  • Published 18 July 2006
  • Sociology
  • Social History
Early modern Wales has two distinct types of witchcraft cases: witchcraft as words or slander cases, and witchcraft as malefice cases in which a woman was accused of practising malefice or premeditated harming. The outcomes in both types of case before the criminal courts of Wales were almost always the same, the survival of the woman accused as a witch and the woman slandered as a witch. In other words, punishment and execution for charges associated with witchcraft were extremely rare in… 
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