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Witches of Belvoir 'may have been framed'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 01:58 PM

While the Halloween stereotype of a witch is of a wizened evil crone, witches were often ordinary women persecuted over disputes or because they had "ideas above their station".

Now, fresh research suggests three so-called witches blamed for cursing a nobleman's sons may have been framed.

The year is 1619 and sisters Margaret and Philippa Flower are hanged.


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 03:44 PM

I would say this happened quite often actually

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:20 AM

Unless witches are real, they were most certainly framed!

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:48 AM

 PersonFromPorlock, on 03 November 2013 - 12:20 AM, said:

Unless witches are real, they were most certainly framed!

It doesn't matter if they were "real" or not. All someone had to do is whimper that so-and-so was a witch because they either said something they didn't like or opposed those in power or basically anything.
Often it was enough to earn someone jail time, torture and/or death.

Seems that many of the accusations were political moves to gain favor and, of course, eliminate opposition.

At least this is what I read.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:56 AM

May have been? in 2013 we're saying women killed as witches MAY have been framed?
well hell

While we're at it,  Springheeled Jack may not have been a magic flying rapist, or La Llorena may not run around stealing children as an immortal ghost.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:10 PM

 PersonFromPorlock, on 03 November 2013 - 12:20 AM, said:

Unless witches are real, they were most certainly framed!

Now you have me wondering if I'm real.

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