This special issue of Preternature, “Capturing Witches,” comes out of a three-day international conference held at Lancaster University on August 17–19, 2012, to commemorate the lives of the ten people convicted of witchcraft at the Lancaster Witch Trials and executed on Lancaster Moor on Thursday, August 20, 1612: Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock, Alison Device, Elizabeth Device, James Device, Katherine Hewitt, Alice Nutter, Anne Redferne, Isabel Robey, and Anne Whittle.1 The “capture” and hanging of ten Lancashire witches at one go was, as James Sharpe claims, a remarkable phenomenon since “nothing in the experience of witch trials in England before 1612” had prepared either the Lancashire population or the literate public for the Lancaster Trial and Thomas Potts's attempt to capture the proceedings in his published account.2 Four hundred years later, the 2012 anniversary saw a range of activities, including a new edition of Potts's record of the...

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