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10

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that she attempted to borrow yeast from her neighbor, Alice Poole, but when she was refused, she left the house cursing. After this refusal, a white-colored spirit in the shape of a little rugged dog appeared to Francis. She bid the spirit to go to Poole and plague her, which the spirit agreed to do in exchange for a crust of white bread. Thereafter, Poole was said to be grievously pained in her head.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6

1579 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
12

Ellen Smith's daughter allegedly has a falling out with the daughter of Widow Webbe of Maldon. The day after the falling out, Ellen Smith strikes Widow Webbe's daughter, Susan Webbe, on the face, causing the girl to sicken and die two days later. Susan Webbe is said to have cried "away with the witch, away with the witch" as she languished on her sickbed.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 8-9

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
14

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Richard Saunder's home, and was turned away when she tried to borrow yeast from Mrs. Saunder. Mother Staunton is said to have left the home murmuring, and shortly after her departure the Saunders' baby became violently sick. When Mrs. Saunder picked up the infant to comfort it, the cradle continued rocking of its own accord, and would not stop until a visiting gentleman stabbed it repeatedly with his dagger.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
15

Mother Staunton allegedly came to William Corner's home and demanded various things, including a piece of leather, from Mrs. Corner, which Mrs. Corner denied her. Staunton then demanded to know how many children she had, to which Mrs. Corner replied that she had one. The child soon suffered from sweating and chills, and started shrieking and staring and wringing and writhing until it was thought the child must surely die of it.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 12

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
16

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Cornell's home twice to ask milk from Mrs. Cornell, but Mrs. Cornell turned her away and barred the door both times due to the suspicion that Staunton was a witch. The second time she came to the house, Staunton drew a circle in the dirt with a knife outside the front door, marking it with the compass points. When asked, she claimed to be digging a "shyting house" for herself. The next day, Mrs. Cornell left the house through that door, and is said to have taken sick with an illness that caused her to swell up as with child until she feared she would burst.(12-13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 12-13

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
18

Mother Nokes allegedly bewitches the limbs of two servants in the service of Thomas Spycer, Anonymous 58 and Anonymous 366. Anonymous 58 had snatched a pair of gloves from Mother Nokes' daughter, to which Nokes said "I will bounce him well enough," causing his limbs to give out. Anonymous 366 was afflicted when Anonymous 58 sent him to return the gloves on his behalf . Mother Nokes afflicted the boy's limbs are so badly afflicted that Thomas Spycer had to have him brought home in a wheelbarrow, and he was unable to move from his bed for eight days.(15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 15-16

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
19

Mother Nokes allegedly catches her husband, Mr. Nokes, having an affair with the wife (Anonymous 365) of a Lamberd Ende tailor. In revenge, Mother Nokes is said to have told the the tailor's wife that she will not keep her nursing child. Shortly thereafter, the child dies.(16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
175

Mother Dutton allegedly created four wax figures, representing Lanckforde, his 'Maide," Maister Galis, and Switcher. Dutton impaled these images with a 'Hauthorne pricke', in the area where the heart would be. The four people the images represented died.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 14

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
179

Elizabeth Stile allegedly bewitches Ostler of Windsor, causing him to suffer pain in his limbs such that he is unable to do his work or rest. Stile had come to Ostler of WIndsor's Master's (Anonymous 190) house to beg alms, but came too late and became angry with Ostler when there was little left to offer her. (18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 18

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
571

Ellen Smith's son is allegedly turned away by John Eastwood when begging for alms and went home to tell his mother; shortly thereafter Eastwood is taken with a great pain in his body. That night, Eastwood and a visiting neighbor see a rat run up the chimney and a toad fall back out. They seize the toad in tongs and thrust it into the fire, which causes the fire to burn bright blue and almost go out. This act is said to have caused Smith great pain, to the point where she came to the house to investigate, pretending to merely be inquiring after the well-being of the inhabitants. Eastwood sends her away with the insistence that all is well.(7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 7-8

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
572

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Mother Osborne is a witch and has a mark on the end of her fingers like a pit, and another mark on the outside of her right leg that Francis believes to have been plucked out by Osborne's familiar spirit. Francis saw the marks when Mother Osborne asked her for help with her sore legs; the marks are said to be similar to ones Francis' sister, Mother Waterhouse, has.(6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6-7

1579   Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
573

Mother Staunton allegedly made demands of John Cornell the younger and took offense when she was denied; immediately after, his cattle are said to have given gory stinking blood instead of milk, and one of his cows became so stricken that it never recovered.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
585

Mother Dutton, Mother Devell, and Elizabeth Stile, as alleged by Stile in her confession, made an image of William Foster for George Whittyng; Whittyng magically attacks Foster through this image aided by Mother Devell's familiar Gille.(Image 8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 8

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
587

Elizabeth Stile is allegedly bewitched by Mother Devell after her confession, which resulted in the arrest of the other witches; Devell's bewitchment robbed her of her senses and the use of her limbs, and caused her toes to rot off her feet. Prior to the confession, Stile had been in notably good health, able to walk the twelve miles from Windsor to Reading Gaol. By the time of her arraignment, the bewitchment had rendered her a "moste vglie creature to beholde."(Image 11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 11

1579 Readyng    Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
596

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Elizabeth Lord bewitched Jone Roberts, servant to old Highham, by giving her a piece of apple cake that caused her to sicken and die.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6

1579 Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
597

Widow Webbe allegedly sees a spirit in the shape of a black dog leave her house immediately after the death of her daughter; the child died after two days of illness following a blow to the face from Ellen Smith.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 8-9

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
599

Ellen Smith, as alleged in her son's confession, kept three familiar spirits: Greate Dicke, contained in a wicker bottle; Little Dicke, contained in a leather bottle; and Willet, contained in a wool pack. When Smith's house was searched, the containers were found, but the spirits were gone.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 9

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
600

Mother Staunton allegedly demanded a leather thong from John Hopwood, and when denied left offended; the same night, Hopwood's gelding died suddenly in its stable.(13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 13

1579   Waltham on the Wolds  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
713

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Lathburie's home to make demands and was sent away; shortly after her departure, twenty of his hogs are said to have fallen sick and died, and one of his cows was afflicted such that it became three times more likely to become lost. Lathburie burned one of the dead hogs in an attempt to save the rest.(14-15)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14-15

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
714

Thomas Prat writes a document accusing Mother Staunton of witchcraft, detailing numerous events in support, and witnessed by Thou Farrour and Thomas Swallowe; he delivers the document to Master George Nichols.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 10

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
878

Mother Dutton, as alleged by Elizabeth Stile in her confession, cures William Foster after she, along with Mother Dutton, Mother Devell, and Elizabeth Stile, had made an image of Foster for George Whittyng.(A8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, A8

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1382

Richard Galis alleges that Richard Redforth's order to free Mother Dutton taught her and her confederates that the Magistrates are little concerned with justice, and that they are consequently free to practice all manner of mischief. He claims that he was vexed, troubled and molested all the more from that point on, and that Mother Dutton stirred up others to do the same.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 5

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1383

Richard Galis is allegedly sporadically "greuouslye vexed, troubled and tormented aswell in Body as in Minde," suffering from "raging fits detesting & abhorring all Company," and imaging himself to be stricken with a "straunge disease and gref" that would "abate [his] flesh and weaken [his] Body."(Image 3-4)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 3-4

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1384

Richard Galis alleges to have been visited by the apparition of "huge and mightie black Cat," creeping towards him from the shadows at midnight. In fear and terror, he calls for a maid with a candle to light the room so he can find the creature. The maid neither sees the cat nor can keep her taper illuminated.(6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, 6

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1385

Richard Galis alleges that the apparition of the Mightie Black Catte and his night-time affliction is similar to the bewitchment his brother James Galis suffered at the age of fifteen at the hands of Mother Dutton or one of her colleagues; James is said to be "bereft of his wits, which vntil this day are not his owne stil crying away with the Witch away with the Witch." Galis takes this as proof that he too is bewitched.(Image 4)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 4

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1386

Richard Galis brings Mother Dutton before Mayor of Windsor Richard Redforth. When Redforth hears Gails' allegations against Dutton, he commends him to let her go without delay; Galis laments the "lack of better Magistrates to wed out such Malefactors. "(Image 4)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 4

1579 Clewer Village  Clewer  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1387

Richard Galis seizes Mother Dutton when they have a chance encounter on the road to Clewar, and drags her to the prison in Windsor. The gaoler efuses to take Dutton without a warrant from the Mayor or Justice. (6-7)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, 6-7

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1388

Oster of Windsor, unable to find a remedy for the pain in his limbs allegedly caused by Elizabeth Stile, calls on Father Rosimund, a wiseman, to cure his bewitchment. Father Rosimund advises him to scratch Stile, and says that if he can draw blood, his limbs will mend.(18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 18

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1403

Richard Galis abducts Mistress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Deveil, and delivers them to Robert Handley, who believed himself to be bewitched in his limbs. Galis forces the women to kneel before while Master Henry Bust, a Student of Physick, stands over them with a cudgel over their backs, threatening them harm should they lie. Galis demands that the women diagnose and cure Handley's bewitchment. They cannot tell what disease afflicts him, nor help him with it. Handley nevertheless recovers to his former health shortly thereafter.(Image 5-6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 5-6

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1404

Robert Handely suffers an ailment of his limbs he alleges to be a bewitchment; unable to seek out a remedy himself, he summons his friend Richard Galis to him at his country house and beseeches Galis to bring him some witches in the hope that they can be persuaded to break the bewitchment.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 5

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1405

Richard Galis, while MIstress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell are held at Richard Handley's home, interrogates the women on their time in service to God; he demands they recite the Lord's Prayer, tests their belief, quizzes them on the Ten Commandments, and scornfully finds them wanting in all three. Pressed to explain why, the women claim they had never been taught, nor had they anyone to instruct them. Feeling guilty for his ill treatment of them, Gallis gives each a penny and a lecture, then permits them to go free.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 6

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1407

Richard Galis is taken into custody, manacled, and imprisoned in what he describes as "a dep dungion, into the which I was let vp and downe with a rope," and held without bail after abducting and falsely imprisoning Audrey the Mistresse, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell. He alleges that the four are directly responsible, and effected this imprisonment by using their familiars to incense the Mayor of Windsor against him. In the dark, deprived of human company or even a bed, he begins to mistrust himself and fears the possibility of dying while imprisoned.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 6

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1409

Richard Galis, imprisoned and shackled in a dark cell for the abduction and unlawful imprisonment of MIstress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Devell, sings the 42nd and 43rd Psalms; his irons miraculously fall off with a great noise like a smith working metal despite having been firmly riveted on. (Image 6-7)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 6-7

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1410

Richard Galis is freed from prison some two days after he is shut in for the abduction of Audrey the Mistresse, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell, as the charges against him are determined to be insufficient to hold him. Upon release, he "weaue the webbe of mine owne banisheme[n]t" and decides it prudent to leave the country.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 7

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1412

Richard Galis beings to suffer from "extreame torturs and greuous paines sustained in the night" once again following MIstress Audrey's and Mother Nelson's sudden deaths; this is joined by the reappearance of the the apparition of the Mightie Black cat.(Image 10)

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Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 10

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1413

Richard Galis, allegedly tormented by "infinite paines both in body and purse eche" storms into Father Rosimond's home with a cudgel in hand, drags him out by his hair and shoulders, furiously demands the man diagnose his ailment and its cause. Rosimond cries out "you are bewitched, you are bewitched," and identifies Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell, as the cause. (Image 11)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 11

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1414

Richard Galis abducts Elizabeth Stile, alleging that she has bewitched him, and when she resists binds a rope "about her myddle, and layde the rope on [his] shoulder, wherewith forceably [he] pulled her out of her house, drawing her a long the streate" and forces her to come before Sir Henry Nevel. Cursing and foaming at the mouth, she manages to escape.(Image 11)

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Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 11

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1442

Mistress Audrey and Mother Nelson die after Richard Galis forces them to appear at church; Richard Galis believes they died from being touched to the quick by the Preacher's instruction or the gnawing of their consciences. (Image 10)

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Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 10

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
1443

Richard Galis has Mistress Audrey, Mother Nelson, Elizabeth Stile and Mother Dutton brought to the Church, where they heard the sermon, were instructed by the Preacher and were "schooled for their lewd behauiour and idle life spent to no profit."(Image 10)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 10

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2081

Richard Galis returns to England to reconcile with his father Master Richard Gallis, and be there while Master Gallis lies dying; Galis believes that his father died through the actions of "these helhoundes and Impes of the deuell."(Image 8)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 8

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2082

Richard Galis buys sheep and cattle after the death of his father in an attempt to build up his family's fortunes, only to have almost all die; thereafter many other attempts to raise funds turn sour and his raging fits return until he is convinced that witches are once again seeking his ruin. Galis swears to Sir Henry Nevel that either the witches will be brought to justice, or he will himself suffer their punishment.(Image 8-9)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 8-9

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2083

Richard Galis rounds up Mistress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Nelson and brings them before Sir Henry Nevel on the day Nevel had appointed for their examination. The four insist that Galis' accusations are contrary and malicious. Galis beseeches Nevel to have them examined in the Articles of the Christian Faith, which they fail. Rather than using this to charge the four for witchcraft, Nevel appoints Galis overseer of their religious education, and makes him responsible for ensuring they appear before the pulpit at Service.(Image 9)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 9

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2084

Richard Galis alleges that, after the deaths of Mistress Audrey and Mother Nelson, the remaining witches resolved to either see him dead or make his life a torment, thus giving over to their lusts and wallowing in their wickedness.(Image 10)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 10

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2085

Richard Galis, riding home late one night, alleges to have encountered a being in the shape of an ugly fiend with fiery eyes (Anonymous 68) sitting in a poor man's cart; Galis thinks it Satan himself, and bid it leave in God's name, while attacking it with his sword. A great light appears around the cart, and the fiend dispersed with the light leaving nothing but the stench of brimstone behind.(Image 11-12)

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Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 11-12

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2086

Richard Galis alleges that he tried to burn down Mother Dutton's straw pile by thrusting a cloth dipped in brimstone into the pile and lighting it with a brand; despite these measures, not a single straw is scorched.(Image 12)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 12

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2087

Richard Galis claims he tried to burn down Mother Dutton's house by binding gunpowder and brimstone to an arrow and thrusting it into a hole in a straw pile next to the house; though he lights it with a match on the end of a long stick, only the arrow is consumed. Not even the straw is damaged in the attempt.(Image 12)

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Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 12

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2089

Elizabeth Stile is tried and examined by Sir Henry Nevel. At the trial, Nevel finds her an offender and orders her committed to Reading Gaol.(Image 4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 4

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2090

Elizabeth Stile, while imprisoned at Reading Gaol, gives a full itemized confession, stating that she did much harm to many people through the use of sorcery, witchcraft and enchantments. In this confession, she names numerous others as witches: Father Rosimond and his daughter, Mother Dutton, Mother Devell, Mother Margaret and MIstress Audrey.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 5

1579 Readyng    Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2093

Father Rosimond's daughter, as alleged in Elizabeth Stile's confession, keeps a familiar in the shape of a white cat (Anonymous 1).(Image 13)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 13

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2096

Mother Devell, as alleged by Elizabeth Stile in her confession, would beg alms of her neighbors and, if they refused, cause mischief to them and their cattle.(Image 13)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 13

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2097

Elizabeth Stile alleges in her confession that she and her fellow witches conspired to kill a farmer named Lanckford and his maid; Mother Dutton made images of them in wax and stuck hawthorn needles in them, then set the images in a hole in the chimney so that they would be consumed as the wax melted.(Image 6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 6-7

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2104

Elizabeth Stile alleges in her confession that she and her fellow witches have a spoken charm that allows them to take on a new shape. The words are "come on let vs go about it."(Image 15)

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Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 15

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2109

Ostler of Windsor seeks out Elizabeth Stile on Father Rosimond's advice and scratches her on her face, causing her to bleed; shortly thereafter the pain in his limbs goes away. Stile had bewitched him for being unable to provide her alms.(Image 10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 10

1579 London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2136

Ellen Smith allegedly had a falling out with her stepfather, John Chaundeler, that resulted in his death; John Chaundeler came to Smith after Alice Chaundeler's execution for witchcraft and demanded some money that Alice had given Smith, which Smith refused. John Chaundeler is said to have thereafter been unable to keep down his meat after eating, causing him to waste away until his death.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 7

1579 Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
2137

Mother Staunton allegedly argued with Thomas Prat at his home, during which Thomas Prat scratched her face with a needle; in response, she told him he had a flea on him, causing Prat to be grievously tormented in his limbs the next night. Prat wrote up this incident and submitted it as evidence against Staunton.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 10

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2138

Mother Staunton, feuding with Thomas Prat, allegedly came by his home carrying grain, and Prat demanded it of her; she asked what he would do with it, to which he answered he would give them to his chickens, snatching the grain from her hands. Three or four dozen chickens are said to have died after being fed the grain, with only one survivor.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
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Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Petie's house and demanded numerous things from his wife, even accusing Mrs. Petie of stealing a knife from her; when Mrs. Petie sent Staunton away, the Petie's little child became so ill for a week that it nearly died.(11-12)

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Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11-12

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2140

Mother Staunton allegedly came to the Vicar of Wimbish's wife (Anonymous 362) one day when the Vicar (Anonymous 364) was away and was denied her demands; Mother Staunton is said to have touched the Vicar's son (Anonymous 363) causing him to become sick. When the Vicar returned home, the child recovered perfectly within an hour and resumed playing.(14)

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Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14

1579 Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
2141

Mother Nokes allegedly became offended when a servant of Thomas Spycer's (Anonymous 367) refused to answer a question she put to him; shortly thereafter one of the horses he was plowing with fell down with a swollen head and died. Thinking that Anonymous 367 had beaten the horse about its head, Spycer demanded to know what had happened, to which Anonymous 367 recounted the story. Spycer went to Nokes and threatened to have her answer for the death of the horse.(16-17)

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Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16-17

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
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Mother Nokes, when asked to reconcile with Mr. Nokes and the tailor's wife (Anonymous 365), allegedly answered angrily that she "cared for none of them all, as longe as Tom helde on her side." Tom is said to be her fiend.(16)

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Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16

1579   Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England