Read, Margaret

Margaret Read (d. 1590) was one of three women ever to be executed by burning in England on charges of witchcraft. Margaret read lived in king’s Lynn, East Anglia, England.

Read was convicted of murdering her husband by witchcraft, a crime considered to be petty treason and punishable by burning rather than the more traditional hanging. She was burned in the Tuesday market in king’s Lynn. Her heart exploded, splattering the wall of a nearby house with her blood. A heart in a carved Egyptian diamond pattern was made on the wall to commemorate the event.

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The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca – written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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