A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft by Ivan Bunn

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 learn 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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22 Witnesses examined by Sir Edmund could be bound by recognizance to appear at the following assize to present their evidence. The two women accused of witchcraft probably were kept under house arrest in Lowestoft until the time they were transported to Bury St. Edmunds by one or several of the town constables. Four men, unpaid, served in that capacity in Lowestoft each year, one of whose descendants, as we relate below, later would spin a tale of his ancestor’s bewitchment during the trip to the Bury St.

20 The one-year penalty remained for the lesser offenses, such as divination. ”21 It was Sir Edmund Bacon’s responsibility to square the statutory definitions with the accusations against Amy Denny and Rose Cullender. 22 Witnesses examined by Sir Edmund could be bound by recognizance to appear at the following assize to present their evidence. The two women accused of witchcraft probably were kept under house arrest in Lowestoft until the time they were transported to Bury St. Edmunds by one or several of the town constables.

The jury acquitted her. Later the same year she again was indicted, both for bewitching the daughter of Elizabeth Meadows and for burning a barn and corn by means of witchcraft. 60 The stress by Stephens on Hale’s foreknowledge seems a bit unusual, but not much more than that. 62 As a very senior judge by the spring of 1662, Hale had a high priority in choosing the circuit he would ride. First choice went to the Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, Sir Robert Foster; second to the Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Sir Orlando Bridgeman; Hale as Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer had the third selection.

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