From the Reformation of the early 16th century, until the early part of the 18th century England had its peak time for witchcraft trials. For much of this time, England was, to a degree, a step removed in terms of culture. While continental witches met in luridly described Sabbats, this was fairly rare in England. English witches derived their power from familiars, while animal spirits were far less common in continental trials.
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