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Thread #173237   Message #4201212
Posted By: Anne Lister
18-Apr-24 - 06:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: Witch persecution and Wales
Subject: RE: BS: Witch persecution and Wales
According to my husband, who spends his life in the 17th century (in a Welsh living history museum) and knows of what he speaks ... the Welsh were not as superstitious as people were in other parts of England and Scotland, and quite a few prosecutions were thrown out as they were considered to be blackmail rather than "genuine" proof of witchcraft. The wise women and wise men were a valued part of society, and it was only deemed illegal to do magic if it harmed someone. As to "male witches" - they were generally known as "cunning men" rather than "witches".