Witches!

A witch's eyesThe Pendle witches were a group of people in Lancashire, north-west England, who were hanged for using witchcraft in the seventeenth century. Recently, the remains of a seventeenth century house which may be linked to the witches was found in Pendle Hill.

The question is: How many people across Europe do you think were executed for witchcraft- the practice of magic – between the years 1500 and 1800? Was it:

a) 10,000 people

b) 20,000 people

c) 50,000 people

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

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-This vocabulary will help you to understand better the text:

supernatural

unexplainable or abnormal. Often used in reference to ghostly or magical events

witchcraft

the practice of magic

tried for murder

accused of murder and taken to trial in court

folklore

traditional stories or myths passed down through generations

persecuted

treated unfairly or victimised

to curse

verb meaning to use a supernatural power to hurt someone

to cough up

to produce something, usually money

a stab in the dark

a wild guess

eerie

adjective meaning creepy, strange or frightening

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