You live in a village in 16th century England and you keep two cows. Sadly, your cows are not thriving and you are concerned for their welfare. Do you:
a)Â Â Â Change their diet?
b)Â Â Â Treat them with leeches?
c)Â Â Â Kill them, sell the meat and use the profit to buy better cows?
d)Â Â Â Accuse someone of bewitching them?
John Harvy, from Buntingford in Hertfordshire, chose option d. He accused a woman named Alice Sparke of being an â€˜enchantress and witchâ€™. Alice denied the accusation and was put on trial for witchcraft at the assizes in Hertford on 23 March 1576. Continue reading »