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Thomas Ady

Thomas Ady was an English Skeptic who drew on the works of Reginald Scot and others to argue the fallacy of witchcraft.  He wrote 3 books credited to him with the most famous by far being A Candle in the Dark: Or, A Treatise Concerning the Nature of Witches & Witchcraft: Being Advice to Judges, […]

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The English Civil War

  The English Civil War was a series of 3 armed conflicts from 1642-1651.  The conflict was between the Parliamentarians “Roundheads” and the Royalists “Cavaliers”.  It was primarily a debate over how the country should be run: either a constitutional monarchy or an absolute monarchy.  The end outcome had parliament wining the war during the […]

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Magna Carta

The Magna Carta was signed in 1215 near Windsor, England.  It was signed by King James in an effort to pacify rebel barons.  It originally was meant to protect church rights and property, protection for barons against illegal imprisonment, rights to a swift trial and limitations to payments to the crown.  The document was annulled […]

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Matthew Hopkins

  Matthew Hopkins was born c. 1620 at Wenham town England and died on August 12th 1647.  There is not much information about Hopkins before he began his witch hunter career in 1644.  From the way he presented himself in cases he said he used to be a practicing lawyer but there is not much […]

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