Early Modern Notes » From the DNB: the last convicted witch in England - When she could get satisfaction from neither the JP (who refused to take any action) nor the local church minister's arbitration, she was heard to say if she could not have justice here she would have it elsewhere , dangerous words for any witch to utter , as the biographer (Owen Davies) points out. Shortly afterwards the minister's daughter was afflicted with terrible fits and delusions (Salem is, by the way, merely the most famous example of cases where children and adolescents played this kind of prominent role) and Jane immediately came under suspicion. She was arrested and searched for teats (which would have represented a sign that she had been suckling a demon familiar'); none were found.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
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