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The Witch of Edmonton ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ The Witch of Edmonton By Thomas Dekker ✐ – The Witch of Edmonton has received considerable attention recently both from scholars and critics interested in witchcraft practices and also from the directors in the theatre The play based on a sens The Witch of Edmonton has received considerable attention recently both from scholars and critics interested in witchcraft practices and also from the directors in the theatre The play based on a sensational witchcraft trial The Witch ePUB ´ of presents Mother Sawyer and her local community in the grip of a witch mania reflecting popular belief and superstition of the time This edition offers a thorough reconsideration of the text with a complete transcription of the original pamphlet by Henry Goodcole This edition will be of particular interest not only to students of Renaissance Drama but also of the cultural history of the seventeenth century Open University adopted text for their new Renaissance Drama module.

10 thoughts on “The Witch of Edmonton

  1. Simona B Simona B says:

    “Is the name of witch so pleasing to thine ear?” It is wonderful the range of interpretations this play is open to I would love to see it on stage

  2. Mel Mel says:

    This was another play text I bought because it was one of the plays Beatrix Lehmann was in She performed as Winifred in the 1936 performance of the play at the Old Vic I thoroughly enjoyed reading this The play was written in 1621 the same year the actual Witch of Edmonton was executed for being a witch This version of the play had a good basic introduction to the history of witchcraft trials in the UK as well as analysis of the play and some details of it's past performances It makes references to well known actors playing lesser roles including the 1936 production which mentions the character Beatrix plays but not her name It also includes an original reproduction of the actual court case and confession which was very interesting to contrast with the playThe play I thought was very good There was an awful lot being said about gender social conditions and poverty in this play I liked that they made the witch a sympathetic character who was driven to the pact with the devil due to harsh treatment and poverty People accused her of being a witch before she tried to become one This was counterbalanced with the story of the man who married two women and seemed the most dastardly of the piece and yet also having to conform to social conventions that harmed him It was interesting to see that the witch wasn't powerful that the devil wouldn't perform the deeds for her that she wanted The fact that he existed seemed to be part of the culture at the time but he was in fact uite a powerless devil Albeit he may have been responsible for a death But I also liked the fact that there was a lot of ambiguity in the play as to who was ultimately responsibleReading this I thought it would be fascinating to see on stage As I was reading it I saw the RSC are currently doing a production which sounded amazing but unfortunately it's only on till the end of November in Stratford so I won't be able to get to see it Here's hoping for a London transfer

  3. Jessica Foster Jessica Foster says:

    35A very easy to read early modern play that considers ideas of gender and scapegoating via the witch trials I mean this is no Shakespearean language and there is minimal character development but maybe this one just gets my high mark for its challenge of authoritative male power to subjectify and subjugate women as witches or as beholden to labels The witch here Elizabeth Sawyer was a real woman trialled and hanged In the back of my edition there is the pamphlet from her trial and it details this sad demise of a woman here interviewed just saying whatever about her deals with the devil to appease these people but doomed either way In this play however this silenced woman is given a voice She's feisty and vocal about accusations against herI also found the devil a black dog hilarious And Young Banks trying to convince him of another profession other than devilry very cute go work for a butcher he implores there's still time to do good There's a scene where a polygamist accuses his unwitting second wife of being a whore and the cognitive dissonance as highlighted by this play is just astounding Unlike Elizabeth whose only crimes of old age and lack of a husband to control her his wife is a 'good wife' convinced that it is a GOOD thing her husband is killing her lest she continue in adultery She's a complete martyr and pushover and he thinks that he HAS to kill her it's her fault she's pushed him to it Bonkers That kind of scapegating of women is still relevant The real transcript in the back are haunting The structure is odd though I'll admit two different streams of plot only sort of intertwining in the end

  4. Ela Ela says:

    'Some call me a witchAnd being ignorant of myself they go About to teach me how to become one'A very dramatic play full of love murder and witchcraft but firmly situated within a realistic Elizabethan society The dichotomy of the ordinary and the supernatural makes for an engaging read I would love to see this performed

  5. Jordan Jordan says:

    Not a fan Other than the talking devil dog this was pretty hard goingMight have a change of rating after studying it in a few weeks time but at the moment it's not looking hopeful

  6. Elisa Elisa says:

    Written in 1621 in the midst of dozens of witchcraft trials taking place in England “The Witch of Edmonton” provides a fascinating insight into the happenings The play is inspired by a true event but beyond the main character’s name Mother Elizabeth Sawyer it bears little in common with its real world counterpart Instead of trying to stick to facts the authors Dekker Ford and Rowley choose to utilize their tragic comedy as a forum for commentating about various societal and religious beliefs of the period The main way they accomplish this is through their use of two parallel plotlines detailing the exploits of Mother Sawyer and the character Frank Thorney In both stories there is a representation of the criminal behavior that can result from lack of money and the overwhelming burden of social pressure This pressure is complicated further by an intervention of the Devil who deceives the characters into committing horrendous crimesThorney is meant to serve as a warning to the reader about the power of the devil’s influence over one’s soul Although noone would uestion the devil’s ability to tempt an old Crone such as Mother Sawyer it is harder to imagine Thorney an upstanding citizen being just as easily coerced In the seventeenth century society viewed the devil as holding a very real place in their lives Danger and sin were lurking around every corner and if one was not careful it could be very easy to fall prey By opening themselves up to sin Thorney and Sawyer become his victims and serve as warnings to the rest of society Initially Thorney’s sin is born of overwhelming outside social pressure Upon finding out that his mistress Winnifrede is pregnant Thorney makes the decision to secretly marry It is shortly after this however that Thorney’s father makes a speech threatening Thorney that if he does not marry the wealthy Susan Carter his inheritance will be null Thorney concedes to the threat in the name of maintaining peace The message is clear to the reader that even small sins can easily lead to much larger ones and that if Thorney had chosen to avoid sin from the beginning he would not have been put in the position of becoming a pawn for the devil later on The same can be said of the main character Mother Sawyer In the beginning of the story she is portrayed much as an innocent Because of her deformed appearance she is rejected by society and horribly harassed She is forced to endure abuse from her neighbors in many forms including the burning of her own thatch roof a “test” the villagers perform to determine her status as a witch When she can take it no Sawyer succumbs to the village’s opinion of her and begins to actively play the part of a witch It is at this point that the devil dog intercedes and Sawyer agrees to sell her soul Like Thorney Sawyer begins with a small sin cursing which becomes the gateway for much serious offenses It is at this point though that the two stories diverge and the playwrights’ intentions are called into uestion Besides the intervention of the devil in both Mother Sawyer and Frank Thorney’s lives and their mutual subjectivity to intense social pressure the two characters’ situations bear little resemblance to one another Thorney’s case overall exudes a much psychological nature However as previously mentioned Mother Sawyer begins the story as an innocent or and the devil dog only introduces himself to her after she has come to the realization that no matter the balance of good and evil within her she will be viewed the same by the larger community

  7. Veru Veru says:

    I found this uite an interesting play I have to admit that I had not clear expectations going in apart from there probably being a witch and it did not at all turn out in a way that I could have anticipated which is always refreshing For one when Frank and Winifred had that conversation about constancy in the beginning I first thought this was going to be a Two Gentlemen of Verona esue tale of Frank falling in love with another woman Similarly when it turned out that Sir Arthur and Winifred had had an affair I thought it might have a Troilus and Cressida like twist and would involve an actual not only alleged inconstant woman It was neither of that and therefore so much betterIt didn’t necessarily follow the general structure for tragedies in fact it was very different from every tragedy I have ever read can you even call it a tragedy? there are deaths but it does not give me a tragedy vibe at all Some moments that I found particularly interesting were the scene in which Susan and Winifred meet and the intense dramatic irony present in their dialogue throughout Sawyer’s plotline on the other hand constantly made me feel of modern movies in which a bully fights back but essentially turns villain I found her a surprisingly sympathetic character I have also noted down some characteristics present in this play which I found uite unusual for the early modern stage but I will keep them to myself at this point because I am not sure whether they truly are unusual or whether I have simply read too few plays to make an informed comment about them and I don’t want to accidentally embarrass myselfAs with most early modern plays that I have read I would love to see this one performed sometime

  8. Mac Mac says:

    The Witch of Edmonton was the next play covered in my online course about early modern English theater It was very interesting in its portrayal of the title character apparently based on a real case contemporary with the play's writing in 1621 She essentially states that she was forced into witchcraft because her neighbors accused her of being a witch already This seems like an adept depiction of the mania about witchcraft in 17th century England and its colonies People found witches because they wanted to find witches However Mother Sawyer the witch of Edmonton is shown actually carrying out nefarious deeds with the help of the devil in the form of a talking dog One has to assume that some of these scenes were played for laughsIf the scenes with Mother Sawyer were the main part of the play it could have been uite powerful However her story is at best a subplot The main storyline follows a man who has been forced to marry two different women one to appease his landlord and the other to enable his father to get out of debt The only connection between the two stories is that he also has dealings with the talking dog who inspires him to kill his second wife There are also scenes involving morris dancing only tangentially connected with the two main plot linesThe Witch of Edmonton has three credited authors and I am tempted to blame the lack of a unified voice for the scattershot nature of the play But collaborative authorship was evidently uite common in this era of theater; scholars believe that many of Shakespeare's plays were written with a co author Whatever the reason the play struck me as a bit of a mess though it contains within it some really good material

  9. Daisy May Twizell Daisy May Twizell says:

    For pleasure not my favourite thing But from a scholarly perspective this text is very interestingThe text threads three different interactions the devil has in Edmonton the successful conversion of Elizabeth Sawyer the subtle manipulation of Frank Thorney and the sheer refusal of Cuddy Banks There is a nice interplay between its dark moral uestioning and its lighter moments of humour creating a very interesting debate about the threat of the devil It also has interesting historical context through the real story of Elizabeth Sawyer which adds another intellectual layer to the textIt is still worth considering however that this is an old text It doesn't uite fit into modern story telling and it is severely harmed by the fact that the devil isn't as rampant a fear in society now

  10. Spencer Miller Spencer Miller says:

    I read this play for school and was uite impressed It's not the typical type of book I read but I still enjoyed it A great alternative if you want to hit up some old school drama but are are sick of the Bard

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