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Historian and author Willow Winsham brings readers tales of witches and witchcraft at her blog, The Witch, The Weird and The Wonderful. Combining a passion for research and history with a love of storytelling, she dedicates her time to investigating some of the most intriguing accounts from the history of the British Isles. Co-founder of #FolkloreThursday, when she isn't digging out tantalising historical titbits or tracing elusive family members, she is busy writing for All About History Magazine, penning historical fiction and home educating her three children. Willow's second book about witches, England's Witchcraft Trials is available from Pen & Sword. If you haven't yet read her first, you can purchase it here: Accused: British Witches Throughout History. Her recent books include Treasury of Folklore – Seas and Rivers, co-authored with #FolkloreThursday's Dee Dee Chainey and illustrated by Joe McLaren. Their latest book, Treasury of Folklore – Woodlands and Forests: Wild Gods, World Trees and Werewolves, was released from Batsford in summer 2021.

here is no name from the period of England's witch trials more infamous than that of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled

Make sure you crush up your eggshells after eating an egg, otherwise witches will use them as boats and cause

In the great wealth of witch-related lore, the image of the persecuted local midwife is one of the most enduringly popular.

#FolkloreThursday's Willow Winsham interviews storyteller Jean Edmiston and her daughter Amanda on their family storytelling tradition, and Jean's new story,

@DeeDeeChainey interviews @WillowWinsham about her book, Accused: British Witches Throughout History

In the Essex village of Great Leighs, a witch named Anne Hughes was burned at the stake for the crime