Modern artists and fiction writers take for granted that a witch's magic *flight requires a broomstick, but folk tradition mentions other means too, including pitchforks, staffs, plant-stems, hurdles, bowls, and pig-troughs. Two sources which may have helped fix the stereotype are a *chapbook on the famous Lancashire witch trial of 1612, where one woodcut shows a woman, a devil, and a man, all on broomsticks; and Reginald *Scot, who (quoting a French source) said that when witches dance at Sabbaths 'everie one hath a broome in her hand, and holdeth it up aloft'.

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