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 courtroom systems and the bigger social, cultural and political matters of the interval.
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28 At Wattisfield, there was a length of highway, the Wattisfield Causeway, whose upkeep was paid for by a Bacon legacy set up in 1628. Then came Hepworth Common and Stanton and after that another dozen miles along the bleakest part of the trek, with high exposed ground, and only two inhabited towns—Ixworth and Great Barton—and the rest unfenced open heath and common. At last, there was Bury St. Edmunds. The party would have entered by way of the narrow Eastgate Street, crossed a bridge, and passed through the ancient portals.
A ship they dispatched into the Lowestoft roads in the fall of 1659 to prevent the unloading of fish was driven off only after the local fishermen threatened to set fire to it. ”55 So successful was this blockade that Lowestoft merchants declared that they had been deprived of at least 1,000 lasts of herring. The principal manager of the Lowestoft suit against Great Yarmouth was James Wilde. He was primarily assisted by Thomas Mighells and by Samuel Pacy. Wilde and Pacy were cousins who lived next door to each other in the High Street.
Witchcrafts here resemble witchcrafts there 13 Second was the question of the point from which the seven leucae were to be measured: the statute had stipulated Kirkley Road, but by this time it was arguable precisely where Kirkley Road lay. Finally, there was also the issue of whether the 1379 law automatically had repealed the earlier legislation. At stake was the ability of Lowestoft’s fish merchants to buy herring caught not only by its own fishermen but from others as well. As there was no harbor at Lowestoft, herring boats would anchor in the roads, the name given to stretches of sea contiguous to the coast.
A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Prosecution by Ivan Bunn