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colem17 :: History 229: The Age of the Witch Hunts

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Originally named Osriaghe, Ossory is a region in south-central Ireland that included the majority of County Kilkenny and a portion of County Laois.  The first people of Ossory most likely were forced to migrate from Munster, a southern region of Ireland. Ossory contains various districts, many of which changed their names throughout Ossory’s history. The […]

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Kilkenny Courthouse and Trial

The Kilkenny courthouse, also known as Grace’s Castle or Grace’s Courthouse, held the witch trial in 1324 against Alice Kyteler and acquaintances, and today is a major tourist attraction in Kilkenny. Although there was much opposition to Bishop Ledrede’s arrest requests, Ledrede did succeed in bringing William Outlaw and Alice’s maid, Petronilla de Midia, to […]

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County Kilkenny

Kilkenny, perhaps the largest portion of Ossory, was reported to have a large amount of heretics, mainly as sorcerers and magic users. When Bishop Ledrede visited Kilkenny in 1324 and heard word about this he immediately set out to rid his diocese of these practices. Witchcraft was labeled a heresy around the 9th century, and […]

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