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Actress Judd to write screenplay on Irish witchcraft trial

Published 18/11/2006

The life of one of Kilkenny's most famous women, who was accused of witchcraft and condemned by the Catholic Church during the 14th century, is to be made into a film.

Hollywood actress Ashley Judd has bought the rights to ''The Burning Time'' about the life Alice Kyteler.

Based on Robin Morgan's novel of the same name, the film is concerns Kyteler's battle with a local bishop after she refused to give up her land or faith when the European Inquisition arrived in Ireland.

Kyteler was the first person in to be charged with witchcraft in 1324, and became one of many condemned for merging pagan beliefs with Christianity.

Judd is planning to write the screenplay of the story herself.

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