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The Lancashire Witches

Harrison Ainsworth

00:00(1/53) 010 – Bk 0 Ch 1 The Beacon on Pendle Hill00:00
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1. 010 – Bk 0 Ch 1 The Beacon on Pendle Hill
2. 020 – Bk 0 Ch 2 The Eruption
3. 030 – Bk 0 Ch 3 Whalley Abbey
4. 040 – Bk 0 Ch 4 The Malediction
5. 050 – Bk 0 Ch 5 The Midnight Mass
6. 060 – Bk 0 Ch 6 Teter et Fortis Carcer
7. 070 – Bk 0 Ch 7 The Abbey Mill
8. 080 – Bk 0 Ch 8 The Executioner
9. 090 – Bk 0 Ch 9 Wiswall Hall
10. 100 – Bk 0 Ch 10 The Holehouses
11. 110 – Bk 1 Ch 1 The May Queen
12. 120 – Bk 1 Ch 2 The Black Cat and the White Dove
13. 130 – Bk 1 Ch 3 The Asshetons
14. 140 – Bk 1 Ch 4 Alice Nutter
15. 150 – Bk 1 Ch 5 Mother Chattox
16. 160 – Bk 1 Ch 6 The Ordeal by Swimming
17. 170 – Bk 1 Ch 7 The Ruined Conventual Church
18. 180 – Bk 1 Ch 8 The Revelation
19. 191 – Bk 1 Ch 9 Pt 1 The Two Portraits in the Banqueting Hall
20. 192 – Bk 1 Ch 9 Pt 2 The Two Portraits in the Banqueting Hall
21. 200 – Bk 1 Ch 10 The Nocturnal Meeting
22. 210 – Bk 2 Ch 1 Flint
23. 220 – Bk 2 Ch 2 Read Hall
24. 230 – Bk 2 Ch 3 The Boggart’s Glen
25. 240 – Bk 2 Ch 4 The Reeve of the Forest
26. 250 – Bk 2 Ch 5 Bess’s O’ Th’ Booth
27. 260 – Bk 2 Ch 6 The Temptation
28. 270 – Bk 2 Ch 7 The Perambulation of the Boundaries
29. 280 – Bk 2 Ch 8 Rough Lee
30. 290 – Bk 2 Ch 9 How Rough Lee Was Defended by Nicholas
31. 300 – Bk 2 Ch 10 Roger Nowell and his Double
32. 310 – Bk 2 Ch 11 Mother Demdike
33. 320 – Bk 2 Ch 12 The Mysteries of Malkin Tower
34. 330 – Bk 2 Ch 13 The Two Familiars
35. 340 – Bk 2 Ch 14 How Rough Lee was Again Besieged
36. 350 – Bk 2 Ch 15 The Phantom Monk
37. 360 – Bk 2 Ch 16 One O’Clock
38. 370 – Bk 2 Ch 17 How the Beacon Fire was Extinguished
39. 380 – Bk 3 Ch 1 Downham Manor House
40. 390 – Bk 3 Ch 2 The Penitent’s Retreat
41. 400 – Bk 3 Ch 3 Middleton Hall
42. 410 – Bk 3 Ch 4 The Gorge of Cliviger
43. 420 – Bk 3 Ch 5 The End of Malkin Tower
44. 430 – Bk 3 Ch 6 Hoghton Tower
45. 440 – Bk 3 Ch 7 The King’s Declaration Concerning Lawful Sports on the Sunday
46. 450 – Bk 3 Ch 5 Hoe the King Hunted the Hart and the Wild Boar in Hoghton Park
47. 460 – Bk 3 Ch 9 The Banquet
48. 470 – Bk 3 Ch 10 Evening Entertainments
49. 480 – Bk 3 Ch 11 Fatality
50. 490 – Bk 3 Ch 12 The Last Hour
51. 500 – Bk 3 Ch 13 The Masque of Death
52. 510 – Bk 3 Ch 14 One Grave
53. 520 – Bk 3 Ch 15 Lancaster Castle

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Summary

The Lancashire Witches is a highly fictionalised account of the activities of the notorious witches Demdike, Chattox and Alice Nutter who, together with others terrorised the district of Lancashire around Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland during the early seventeenth century. The witches named in the book were real enough, if not as witches then as people. Ainsworth, in his story brings in the dissolution of Whalley Abbey and the historic families of Assheton, Braddyll and Nowell and takes us through to the final trial and execution at Lancaster Castle in 1612. (Summary by Andy Minter)