Matthew Hopkins the famous Witch-Finder of Maningtree in Essex, who in only one year, during the reign of James I, hanged 60 reputed Witches & was himself at last executed for a Wizard.
Engraving with letterpress sheet, each 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Cut to platemark
Matthew Hopkins (d.1647), witch-finder and the most notorious individual in English witchcraft history. Resident in Manningtree by the winter of 1644-5, Hopkins was troubled, by his own account, by the activities of supposed witches in the town. From the handful of initial arrests (with Hopkins giving evidence against several), the witchcraft allegations spread to neighbouring towns and counties, with at least a hundred executed during the 'Hopkins witch panic' of 1645-7. The pleasing claim on the print that Hopkins was himself 'executed for a Wizard' is incorrect- he died of tuberculosis. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812).
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