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Research - England - Witches and the Witchcraft Act of 1735

What better topic for our Halloween weekend than the horrible Witchcraft Act of 1735, the last of the witch trials acts passed in England, which decreed than anyone "suspected" of witchcraft practices (a very objective judgement) could be imprisoned for a year. The first act during this witch trial period was passed in 1542, allowed suspected witches to be hanged. Witches were both male and female. Most witches who were accused were often hanged, with or without trials.

For further reading:

Witches and Witchtrials (an interesting database of the alleged witches):
http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/witchtrial/eis.html

Horros of the National Archives:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/horrors/witches.htm

More details about the laws:
http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/137526

Medieval Witches and Witchcraft:
http://medieval.etrusia.co.uk/witch/

Texas - The Colony - Pirate Days of Texas, October 16, 2010


Pirate Days of Texas
piratedays.org
October 16 & 17, 2010
The Colony, Texas






Captain Jack sightings...





Every few hours a cannon blasted thanks to this friendly pirate!







One of the pirate bands that were singing on the main stage. They had bands playing all sorts of music on the main stage while there were shows/exhibits on another stage down the road.







Pirates

Arrrrg! Sail Ho to some Pirate Festivals

Scroll past the annoying ads and find a nice listing of Pirate-themed festivals around the United States and a few in Canada. You can list these by Date or by Location/Area.

piratefestivals.com