English statutes of witchcraft are repealed (41 words)

Historical Context Note

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English statutes of witchcraft laid down in 1562 and 1604, which introduced the death penalty for those carrying out witchcraft, are now repealed. Instead a radically revised attitude to witchcraft is implemented, which imposes penalties for those pretending to be capable of witchcraft.

Editors. "English statutes of witchcraft are repealed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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