The Tudor Society

July 5 – The Essex Witches

On this day in Tudor history, 5th July 1589, three Essex women were hanged at Chelmsford, Essex, after being found guilty of murder by witchcraft. Their names were Joan Cunny, Joan Prentice and Joan Upney.

In this video, I explain how these women came to be accused of witchcraft and why they were hanged.

Do check out historian Kate Cole’s wonderful talk on the Witches of Elizabethan and Stuart Essex here on ths website -

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July 5 – The Essex Witches