Figure 1 People tried for witchcraft with the number hanged

It has been estimated that in early modern England, only 20 to 25% of accused witches were male37. In the time period of this study, eighteen male witches were found in the Assizes records - a little over 10% of the total number of accused witches perhaps showing that it was only after the harsher Jacobean witchcraft act of 1604 that more men were accused. These figures have to be used in conjunction with the figures for female witches to provide some answers as to the sphere of female power within sixteenth century England.

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