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 research of this trial and an research of the court docket strategies and the bigger social, cultural and political issues of the interval.
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Extra resources for A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution
2 The Bacon-Browne linkage is verified in the Epistle Dedicatory segment of Browne’s Garden of Cyrus. ” This is Sir Edmund Bacon’s uncle, the brother of his father, Robert. In the final paragraph of the dedication, Browne refers to Nicholas as “being a flourishing branch of that noble family…[o]f the most worthy Sir Edmund Bacon, prime Baronet, my true and noble friend…”3 Since Garden of Cyrus was published three years after Edmund had been created fourth Baronet of Redgrave, A trial of witches 18 Browne clearly is referring to the man who served as justice of the peace for the arrest of Amy Denny and Rose Cullender.
The assize records show that there were nine criminal trials before that of Amy Denny and Rose Cullender during the session at Bury St. Edmunds. One involved two indictments while the other eight consisted of a single criminal charge. The indictments, now abraded and often illegible, provide partial information on seven of the eight trials. ” 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.
Cul is short for culpabilis, standing for guilty. Thereafter, the clerk had written ca, nu, the abbreviation for catalla nulla, indicating that the women had no chattels for forfeiture. 70 The most serious accusation, causing a death by bewitchment, was the first matter addressed at the trial. Dorothy Durrant, probably in her late twenties or early thirties, was the opening witness. Both she and her husband, William, apparently had been born elsewhere than in Lowestoft, for the parish register holds no notice of their baptisms.
A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution by Ivan Bunn