The Lancashire Witches

William Harrison AINSWORTH (1805 - 1882)

The Lancashire Witches is a highly fictionalised account of the activities of the notorious witches Demdike, Chattox and Alice Nutter who, together with others terrorised the district of Lancashire around Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland during the early seventeenth century. The witches named in the book were real enough, if not as witches then as people. Ainsworth, in his story brings in the dissolution of Whalley Abbey and the historic families of Assheton, Braddyll and Nowell and takes us through to the final trial and execution at Lancaster Castle in 1612. (Summary by Andy Minter)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction Ch. 1 - The Beacon on Pendle Hill Andy Minter
00:37:04
Play 02 Introduction Ch. 2 - The Eruption Andy Minter
00:16:29
Play 03 Introduction Ch. 3 - Whalley Abbey Andy Minter
00:29:48
Play 04 Introduction Ch. 4 - The Malediction Andy Minter
00:17:03
Play 05 Introduction Ch. 5 - The Midnight Mass Andy Minter
00:17:45
Play 06 Introduction Ch. 6 - Teter Et Fortis Carcer Andy Minter
00:20:37
Play 07 Introduction Ch. 7 - The Abbey Mill Andy Minter
00:27:24
Play 08 Introduction Ch. 8 - The Executioner Andy Minter
00:13:27
Play 09 Introduction Ch. 9 - Wiswall Hall Andy Minter
00:10:25
Play 10 Introduction Ch. 10 - The Holehouses Andy Minter
00:10:46
Play 11 Book 1 Ch. 1 - The May Queen Andy Minter
00:27:29
Play 12 Book 1 Ch. 2 - The Black Cat And The White Dove Andy Minter
00:14:54
Play 13 Book 1 Ch. 3 - The Asshetons Andy Minter
00:41:17
Play 14 Book 1 Ch. 4 - Alice Nutter Andy Minter
00:32:37
Play 15 Book 1 Ch. 5 - Mother Chattox Andy Minter
00:49:30
Play 16 Book 1 Ch. 6 - The Ordeal By Swimming Andy Minter
00:29:36
Play 17 Book 1 Ch. 7 - The Ruined Conventual Church Andy Minter
01:02:33
Play 18 Book 1 Ch. 8 - The Revelation Andy Minter
00:29:42
Play 19 Book 1 Ch. 9 - The Two Portraits In The Banqueting-Hall Part 1 Andy Minter
00:45:26
Play 20 Book 1 Ch. 9 - The Two Portraits In The Banqueting-Hall Part 2 Andy Minter
00:47:11
Play 21 Book 1 Ch. 10 - The Nocturnal Meeting Andy Minter
00:54:51
Play 22 Book 2 Ch. 1 - Flint Andy Minter
00:31:35
Play 23 Book 2 Ch. 2 - Read Hall Andy Minter
00:17:29
Play 24 Book 2 Ch. 3 - The Boggart's Glen Andy Minter
00:18:34
Play 25 Book 2 Ch. 4 - The Reeve Of The Forest Andy Minter
00:21:52
Play 26 Book 2 Ch. 5 - Bess's O' Th' Booth Andy Minter
00:30:25
Play 27 Book 2 Ch. 6 - The Temptation Andy Minter
00:31:40
Play 28 Book 2 Ch. 7 - The Perambulation Of The Boundaries Andy Minter
00:46:51
Play 29 Book 2 Ch. 8 - Rough Lee Andy Minter
00:26:51
Play 30 Book 2 Ch. 9 - How Rough Lee Was Defended By Nicholas Andy Minter
00:26:48
Play 31 Book 2 Ch. 10 - Roger Nowell And His Double Andy Minter
00:19:12
Play 32 Book 2 Ch. 11 - Mother Demdike Andy Minter
00:29:34
Play 33 Book 2 Ch. 12 - The Mysteries Of Malkin Tower Andy Minter
00:26:26
Play 34 Book 2 Ch. 13 - The Two Familiars Andy Minter
00:49:46
Play 35 Book 2 Ch. 14 - How Rough Lee Was Again Besieged Andy Minter
00:25:56
Play 36 Book 2 Ch. 15 - The Phantom Monk Andy Minter
00:16:43
Play 37 Book 2 Ch. 16 - One O'clock! Andy Minter
00:33:26
Play 38 Book 2 Ch. 17 - How The Beacon Fire Was Extinguished Andy Minter
00:25:38
Play 39 Book 3 Ch. 1 - Downham Manor-House Andy Minter
01:04:54
Play 40 Book 3 Ch. 2 - The Penitent's Retreat Andy Minter
00:13:27
Play 41 Book 3 Ch. 3 - Middleton Hall Andy Minter
00:28:53
Play 42 Book 3 Ch. 4 - The Gorge Of Cliviger Andy Minter
00:24:51
Play 43 Book 3 Ch. 5 - The End Of Malkin Tower Andy Minter
00:31:50
Play 44 Book 3 Ch. 6 - Hoghton Tower Andy Minter
00:54:35
Play 45 Book 3 Ch. 7 - The Royal Declaration Concerning Lawful Sports On The Sunday Andy Minter
00:30:38
Play 46 Book 3 Ch. 8 - How King James Hunted The Hart And The Wild-Boar In Hoghton Park Andy Minter
00:38:04
Play 47 Book 3 Ch. 9 - The Banquet Andy Minter
00:27:19
Play 48 Book 3 Ch. 10 - Evening Entertainments Andy Minter
00:28:22
Play 49 Book 3 Ch. 11 - Fatality Andy Minter
00:14:18
Play 50 Book 3 Ch. 12 - The Last Hour Andy Minter
00:17:02
Play 51 Book 3 Ch. 13 - The Masque Of Death Andy Minter
00:13:11
Play 52 Book 3 Ch. 14 - "One Grave" Andy Minter
00:04:43
Play 53 Book 3 Ch. 15 - Lancaster Castle Andy Minter
00:06:56