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Once again the evidence against the two women was little more than gossip, over-heard conversations and marks on their bodies.

But once again the women did not put up a strong defence of themselves. Trembles blamed Edwards for luring her into witchcraft and eventually Lloyd was drawn into the case, being blamed by Edwards. Public opinion at the time also saw Lloyd as the one who had effectively debauched the other two.

Hanged 'witches' could be pardoned four centuries later

The actual trial of the three women took place in Exeter on 19th August , with the dubious evidence arrayed against the women. It was a public event, with children sitting on the shoulder of their parents to get a better view and clergyman loudly berating the women for their crimes. The gravity of their situation must have suddenly hit home to the women, as they stated their innocence and denied the charges against them. But it was too late and their sentence was carried out. Temperance Lloyd was the last to be executed.

Were they incapable of grasping what was happening, did they revel in their notoriety, or were they simply unable to deal rationally with the irrational situation they had to deal with? The witch-trial period was a dark chapter in our history. It was a time when women, and it was overwhelmingly women, could face the death penalty for being different, old, foolish or eccentric. It was a time when the power of gossip, hearsay and jealousy could be enough to leave you facing the death penalty.

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A plaque commemorating the deaths of the three women can be viewed on the wall of Rougemont Castle in Exeter. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. The executions took place on 25th August at Heavitree, which is just outside Exeter.

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Physicians, trained only in "Discourse," accused the natural healers of witchcra Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles of Bideford were the last three women hanged in England as witches, in Physicians, trained only in "Discourse," accused the natural healers of witchcraft. The women were declared guilty because, according to the Church, to deny witchcraft was to deny God; convicted on hearsay evidence; and executed to appease an angry mob.

But who were they? This novel invites you between the lines of history to witness their lives and deaths. This historical novel questions accepted notions of Time.


Perhaps Temperance is still with today's herbalists. What if those old men in the dark corner of every bar have been there forever?

Are there still leaders living in the paranoid shadows of a personal trauma? Come, meet Temperance, Susannah and Mary.

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Sort order. Having read this book it has made me realise that in the 's it really didn't take a lot to be accused of witchcraft, if you knew something about herbs and you had a cat, that could be enough.