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Witchcraft and Devil Lore in the Channel Islands

Transcripts from the Official Records of the Guernsey Royal Court, with an English Translation and Historical Introduction

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Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,641 / 68 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.8
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 2,418
Added to site: 2005.12.03 12053
Genres: History, Occult

y of the diabolical crime of Sorcery. She was therefore hanged and burnt as a witch, and her goods were confiscated to the King [James I.], and to the Seigneurs to whom they belonged.

It may be interesting to note here the opinion of Mr. Philippe Le Geyt, the famous commentator on the constitution and laws of Jersey, and one of the most enlightened men of his time, who for many years was Lieutenant-Bailiff of that island. He was born in 1635 and died in 1715, in his eighty-first year. In Vol. I., page 42, of his works, there occurs a passage of which the following is a translation:--

As Holy Scripture forbids us to allow witches to live, many persons have made it a matter of conscience and of religion to be severe in respect to such a crime. This principle has without doubt made many persons credulous. How often have purely accidental associations been taken as convincing proofs? How many innocent people have perished in the flames on the asserted testimony of supernat



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