Feb 142016
 

The Pendle witches were a group of people in Lancashire, north-west England, who were hanged for using witchcraft in the seventeenth century. Recently, the remains of a seventeenth century house which may be linked to the witches was found in Pendle Hill.

 

 

Vocabulary and definitions

supernatural – unexplainable or abnormal. Often used in reference to ghostly or magical events
witchcraft – the practice of magic
tried for murder – accused of murder and taken to trial in court
folklore – traditional stories or myths passed down through generations
persecuted – treated unfairly or victimised
to curse – verb meaning to use a supernatural power to hurt someone
to cough up – to produce something, usually money
a stab in the dark – a wild guess
eerie – adjective meaning creepy, strange or frightening

 

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