Rebecca West

Anne & Rebecca West

“Even if they pull me to pieces with pincers I won’t say nothing.”   -The World Turned Upside Down

Rebecca West was a young woman from Lawford who was put on trial for witchcraft but never convicted. Though she walked free, it came at a cost. She confessed to witchcraft, and named a group of other people who she had practiced magic with as a young girl. All of them were executed, including her mother, Anne West. She said that her mother had told her not to tell anyone what they had done, and that she had said “if shee ever did speake of it that shee should suffer more tortures and paines on earth, then the paines of hell.”

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