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Dire And Most Ancient Crimes Of Broadland


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As a historian and archaeologist, sometimes I'm confronted with documents and artifacts that can be both dire and ancient and often on the gooey side. Sometimes I'm confronted with documents that just make me chuckle. Such was this press cutting dated July 1883 dealing with a case of witchcraft in the village of Crostwick. The article is headed "Superstition in Norfolk" and reads as follows.


My funny bone was activated by the magistrate rebuking the labourer Holme for his superstition and the woman 'Smith' for her 'foolish pretensions'.

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