Mathew Hopkins was a self-appointed witch-hunter whose career flourished during the major upheavals caused by the English Civil War. Although never officially sanctioned by Parliament, he prowled far and wide across East Anglia conducting investigations, trials and executions from 1644-1647. More than 300 unfortunate people, mostly women, fell victim to his deadly inquisitions with more being hanged and burned than in all of the previous 100 years! Our figure shows him in Parliamentary garb and wearing a black cloak and hat and carrying both a volume of Parish records ... and a sword. He was memorably played by legendary horror film villain, Vincent Price in “Witchfinder General”, a 1968 British horror movie.
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