Possessed by the Devil

Possessed by the Devil: The Real History of the Islandmagee Witches and Ireland’s only Mass Witchcraft Trial

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History, Irish History
Paperback Published on: 15/05/2013
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In 1711, in County Antrim, Ireland, eight women were put on trial accused of bewitching and demonically possessing young Mary Dunbar, amid an attack by evil spirits on the local community and the supernatural murder of a clergyman’s wife. Mary Dunbar was the star witness in this trial, and the women were, by the standards of the time, believable witches – they dabbled in magic, they smoked, they drank, they had disabilities. A second trial targeted a final male ‘witch’ and head of the Sellor ‘witch family’. With echoes of the Salem witch-hunt, this is a story of murder, of a community in crisis, and of how the witch hunts that claimed over 50,000 lives in Europe played out on Irish shores. It plunges the reader into a world were magic was real and the power of the devil felt, with disastrous consequences.

  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781845887452
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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