English statutes of witchcraft are repealed

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Historical Context Note

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of witchcraft laid down in 1562 and 1604, which introduced the death penalty for those carrying out witchcraft, are now repealed.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.

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 "English statutes of witchcraft are repealed".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