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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
469

Anonymous 28, a young girl, allegedly becomes possessed by evil spirits after her father, Anonymous 429, has a falling out with "a certain woman who had an evil name" (Anonymous 430). The possession caused her to be "taken with strange Fits, and something would rise up in her throat like two great bunches about the bigness of an Egg; and a strange voice was frequently heard within her, speaking Blasphemous words, not fit here to be repeated." The voice is said to be rough and gutteral, coming from her abdomen.(2-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 2-4

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
470

The spirits allegedly possessing Anonymous 28, enticed to converse with the observers, explain how she came to be possessed by them. They explain that there are two of them (Anonymous 189 and Anonymous 190), and that they were sent by two women (Anonymous 130 and Anonymous 131). They were originally intended to possess the girl's father, Anonymous 429, but they found him at prayer and were thus forbidden from entering. The two women sent them instead to Anonymous 28.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 4

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
471

The author (Anonymous 432) allegedly hears reports of Anonymous 28's possession and comes to see it for himself. There are forty or fifty others present when he arrives. He observes her for two or three hours, during which time he becomes satisfied that the girl is indeed possessed.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 4-5

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
472

Anonymous 429, the father of Anonymous 28, sends for five ministers to fast and pray for his daughter, in the hope that she can be dispossessed. The spirits possessing her (Anonymous 189 and Anonymous 190) allegedly tell him "He expected five men to come, but there should only four come." This comes to pass; one of the five ministers suffers an unexpected accident and is prevented from coming.(5)

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Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 5

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1001

The four ministers sent for by Anonymous 429 call on several other ministers and Christian members of the neighbourhood community to assist; all together they allegedly "kept several days in Fasting and Prayer" on behalf of Anonymous 28. During this time, two great bunches are observed to rise in Anonymous 28's throat, and the rough voice is heard to speak blasphemies. One of the ministers "did earnestly beg of God, that he would plague and torment Satan for such his Blasphemies; upon which the Spirit made a most dreadful crying and bemoaning his condition, and said, I will do so no more: To which the Minister replid, Satan, that shall not serve thy turn." The spirits cried and roared hideously, and thereafter it was observed that only one bunch rose in Anonymous 28's throat. The onlookers conclude that one of the two spirits (Anonymous 190) has been banished.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 5-6

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1003

The remaining spirit possessing Anonymous 28, Anonymous 190, allegedly takes advantage of the ministers' pause for refreshment and begins to toss the girl up and down. It also takes the use of her legs and causes her chair to "fall down backwards almost to the ground, and then lift it up again."(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 5-6

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2565

One of the ministers bids Anonymous 28 read from the Bible, but the remaining spirit (Anonymous 190) allegedly says "She shall not read" and tosses her about, draws her head to one side and contorts her face. After some time, the ministers succeed in having her read part of Chapter 20 of the Book of Revelations, though not without some difficulty.(6)

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Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 6

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2566

Anonymous 28 rides home after the ministers exorcise one of the spirits (Anonymous 189) from her body. The remaining spirit (Anonymous 190) allegedly flings her backward when she tries to mount, and forces her to sit facing the horse's tail.(6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 6-7

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2567

The author, Anonymous 432, observes Anonymous 28 in a fit while she is being prayed over, in which the spirit (Anonymous 190) allegedly makes her bark like a dog, bellow like a bull and roar; the spirit is also said to have suddenly flung her to great height without causing her harm. Anonymous 432 and another man hold down her head and shoulders until the "Spirit in a desperate rage cries out, If I come out, I will kill you all, I will throw down the house and kill you all." It rages until the end of the prayer.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 7

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2568

The author (Anonymous 432) allegedly attends a party at which Anonymous 28 is also present. He claims the spirit (Anonymous 190) robbed her of the use of her legs and said "she should not drink." The other attendees attempt to force a cup of beer on her nevertheless. Anonymous 190, realizing they will not be dissuaded, orders Anonymous 28 to drown herself in the well in the host's yard. Anonymous 432 claims Anonymous 28 was a stranger to the home and thus could not have known about the well.(7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 7-8

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2569

Anonymous 190, the remaining spirit allegedly possessing Anonymous 28, is said to talk often to her family and visitors; it is heard frequently to speak filthy blasphemies. It also tells strange stories to make its audience laugh, and at other times is sullen and silent. It is also known to jump Anonymous 28 up and down, and contort her into strange postures.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 8

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2570

The remaining spirit, Anonymous 190, allegedly continues to possess Anonymous 28 up to the time Anonymous 432 publishes his account of her possession. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 8

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England