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The Yorkshire Witch: The Life and Trial of Mary Bateman by [Strevens, Summer]
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"Summer Strevens delves deep into the archives for this one - a fascinating tale of witchcraft and skulduggery in darkest Yorkshire in the early 19th century. Mary Bateman may have been one of the earliest serial killers, even though she was only convicted and found guilty of the one murder, enough to secure her sentence - hanging. An extraordinary story, brilliantly told." (Books Monthly)

"Summer Strevens has written a well-researched book on the Yorkshire Witch that is enjoyable to read and not only informs of the criminal life of Mary Bateman but of the historical era she operated in. A very informative read which leaves no stone unturned when exploring Bateman's activities and her character right up to her very public execution in 1809 and its aftermath." (Crime Traveller)

"In short, this is a very readable and well-researched account not only of one woman's life, but also the society she lived in." (Your Family History)

The great strength of this book is its wealth of social history that puts Mary’s life and actions in context. There are details about the lives of servants; housing conditions in the growing industrial centres; the rise in religious fervour and millenarianism; and the prevalence of superstitious beliefs. These help the reader understand how Mary’s victims saw the world and why they were duped by her. There are also interesting accounts of early toxicology; how crimes were prosecuted; the treatment of female convicts; and public executions. (Crime Review, Kim Fleet)

About the Author

Born in London, Summer Strevens now lives and writes in Hampshire. Capitalising on a life-long passion for historical research, Summer has embraced writing as a full time occupation. As well as penning feature articles of regional historical interest, her published books include Haunted Yorkshire Dales, York Murder & Crime, The Birth of the Chocolate City: Life in Georgian York, The A-Z of Curiosities of the Yorkshire Dales, Fashionably Fatal and Before They Were Fiction.

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  • File Size: 21297 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword History (January 31, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NCJBO3F
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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