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Lot 40 (Out of the Ordinary, 11th February 2020)


1682, ‘A TRYAL of WITCHES at the ASSIZES' held at Bury St Edmonds for the country of Suffolk; on the tenth day of March, 1664. Before Sir Matthew Hale. Taken by a person then attending court’, printed for William Shrewsbery at Bible in Duck Lane. 1682, 180 pages (2 missing) first edition,
bound with another book 'A List of Infamous Impostors: or the Lives of several Notorious Counterfeits',
179 pages

A first-hand account of the Trial of Rose Cullendar and Amy Duny who pleaded, at Bury St Edmunds before judge Mathew Hale, not guilty to charges of Witchcraft. They were found guilty and hanged. This is an eyewitness account of the trial.

The 1662 trial

This took place on 10 March 1662, when two elderly widows, Rose Cullender and Amy Denny, living in Lowestoft, were accused of witchcraft by their neighbours and faced thirteen charges of the bewitching of several young children between the ages of a few months to 18 years old, resulting in one death. They may have been aware of each other, inhabiting a small town, but Cullender was from a property-owning family, whilst Denny was the widow of a labourer. Their one other link was the fact that they had tried and failed to purchase herring from a Lowestoft merchant, Samuel Pacy. His two daughters, Elizabeth and Deborah, were 'victims' of the accused and, along with their aunt, Samuel Pacy's sister Margaret, gave evidence against the women. They were tried at the assizes held in Bury St Edmunds under the auspices of the 1603 Witchcraft Act, by one of England's most eminent judges of the time, Sir Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. The jury found them guilty of the thirteen charges of using malevolent witchcraft, and the judge sentenced them to death. They were hanged at Bury St Edmunds on 17 March 1662.

Sold for £5,400

Condition report

Book generally tight with minor chips to pages (two pages missing Witch Trial section), pages 11/12 and 35/36.
One page with tear but page intact.  Spotting throughout.
Books size is 17.5 x 11cm
Writing at the front of the book.
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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Out of the Ordinary, 11th February 2020


7 February 2020, 9am - 5pm
9 February 2020, 10am - 1pm
10 February 2020, 9am - 5pm
11 February 2020, from 9am

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