New PDF release: A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft
By Ivan Bunn
In 1662, Amy Denny and Rose Cullender have been accused of witchcraft, stood trial and have been hanged in Lowestoft. a tribulation of Witches is an in-depth examine of this trial and an research of the court docket systems and the bigger social, cultural and political matters of the interval.
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Extra resources for A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution
Of the nine, five had died before reaching the age of ten, including twins, Peter and Mary, born in 1632. 43 The Cullenders, following common practice, had given three of their nine children the name of Mary, reusing it as it became available with the death of an earlier Mary. ” In the yard of the house was a barn that formerly had served as a blacksmith’s shop. During the Cullenders’ occupancy of The Hall House, the barn was leased to a local brewer, Francis Ewen, who had three teenage daughters, the second of whom was Ann, aged fifteen in 1630.
Local merchants then would sail out to the boats to negotiate purchase of the haul. Some herring were sold locally, some were shipped inland either fresh or pickled, while most of the haul was smoked and cured in the town for sale throughout England and on the continent. Many of the fishermen preferred to market their wares in Lowestoft because they could avoid Great Yarmouth’s harbor dues and its fixed prices. There was the added advantage of a speedier turn-around as the boats did not have to wait for the tides as they did at Yarmouth.
If it was like others of its kind at the time, it would have been appallingly squalid. ” Other prisoners, saying that they had been encouraged to do so by the jailer, were reported to have seized the Quakers’ food. 29 Assize sessions, held twice a year, in the spring and during the summer, were a time of ceremony for Bury St. Edmunds and the other court sites. The out-of-town arrivals—the judges and a train of law officials, barristers, and servants—were met near the boundary of the county by a cavalcade that included the leading local notables: the High Sheriff, decked out in fine apparel, his tenants and retainers, the latter often in new livery for the occasion, carrying javelins and halberds, and with two trumpeters at their head.
A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution by Ivan Bunn