The ‘swimming’ of Mary Sutton (1615)
The swimming of witches was practiced officially up to the end of the 18th century in England. A suspect would be stripped naked and thrown into a deep stream or pond three times. If she sank and drowned she was innocent – if she ‘fleeted’ (floated) she was ‘guilty’.
The invention and persecution of witches is an essential component of class warfare.
Drowning Witches is a tribute to the citizen journalists who painstakingly make informed resistance possible in a plutocracy where we are suspected of being surplus – and presumed guilty.
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