Thursday, 7 April 2011

News: Witches re-examined and pardoned

New look at Ireland's last witch trial
Dr Andrew Sneddon from the University of Ulster is re-examining the last witch trail in Ireland. The country's last witch trial took place in 1711 and eight women from Co Antrim were convicted of "possessing" teenager Mary Dunbar. Sneddon believes Dunbar lied. You can read the news story here: http://www.irishemigrant.com/ie/go.asp?p=story&storyID=8727

German "witches" pardoned
Schoolchildren in Germany have successfully lobbied for pardons for 169 men, women and ­children who were executed for witchcraft between 1573 and 1660. You can read the news story here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/04/05/german-state-issues-posthumous-pardons-for-169-executed-witches-115875-23038315/

2 comments:

MidnightSage said...

Wow...didnt know about these. Thank you for sharing. :)

Pallas Renatus said...

I think it's awesome that it was schoolchildren that took on the project in Germany. Perhaps there's hope yet for the new generation ;)