By Ivan Bunn
In 1662, Amy Denny and Rose Cullender have been accused of witchcraft, stood trial and have been hanged in Lowestoft. an ordeal of Witches is an in-depth examine of this trial and an research of the court docket techniques and the bigger social, cultural and political matters of the interval.
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The 1662 trial therefore took place in what would be called the fourteenth year of his reign. Cheney, Handbook of Datesfor Students of English History, London: Offices of the Royal Historical Society, 1945, p. ” The accused then would be called to the bar by the clerk by name and commanded to hold up her hand. ”65 The report of the 1662 trial at Bury St. Edmunds apparently adheres to the sequence in which information came to the court’s attention. ” This brief paragraph about the inability of three major witnesses to come face-to-face with the authorities and in their presence to accuse Amy Denny and Rose Cullender of the capital crime of witchcraft raises a crucial issue that we will address at some length in our later discussion of the case.
1 There is little doubt that Pettus was a frequent visitor to Lowestoft during the 1660 to 1662 period, and he must have been well aware of the talk of witchcraft there. Pettus’ linkage to Browne has been established by Frank Huntley, who determined that Browne’s Letter to a Friend, Upon the Occasion of the Death of His Intimate Friend (published by Browne’s son in 1690) was written to Pettus by Sir Thomas to acquaint him of the death of Robert Loveday, a mutual friend. 2 The Bacon-Browne linkage is verified in the Epistle Dedicatory segment of Browne’s Garden of Cyrus.
The theft of an animal and sodomy were charged against John Cromptom of Helmingham. The kind of animal stolen can no longer be deciphered, but it was grey and said to be worth forty shillings. ” Three other cases also involved theft of animals. 0d. as well as three heifers; Richard Mile of Yoxford, a laborer, was said to have stolen a gander worth one shilling and six pence as well as a goose; while Thomas Cutting of Mickfield had taken from Arthur Dod a red and a black-brindled heifer each worth forty shillings and a brindled heifer valued at £5.
A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution by Ivan Bunn