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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
2852

John Darrell writes an apology denying that William Sommers' possession has been faked, addressed to Sir Thomas Eggerton, Keeper of the Great Seal of England, Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice, Sir William Periam, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer and the body of Judges of the Common Law. He claims that Sommers' possession was genuine, as was his dispossession of him.(3-4)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 3-4

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2853

John Darrell claims that, by commission of the Archbishop of York, the depositions of 17 witnesses supporting Sommers' possession were sent to 12 notable persons near Nottingham, and that the names of 60 more witnesses willing to give deposition were taken. They allegedly witnessed Sommers' fits of bodily contortion, pinpricks in his limbs, and senselessness. They also witnessed a large black dog sniffing about his head while he was in a fit, the same black dog that supposedly spoke to Sommers and brought him a bag of gold. Darrell also lists several preachers who second his story, including George More. He adds that they have been rebuked for it, and their petitions to have the allegations and depositions circulated have been ignored.(4-5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 4-5

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2857

John Darrell alleges that William Sommer's claims that Darrell taught him to counterfeit possession and that they met for four years prior to November 1597 are ridiculous. Darrell maintains that he never met Sommers before November 1597, and that he did not even know that Sommers was possessed until numerous persons, including the the Mayor of Nottingham, sent him letters inviting him to come dispossess Sommers. Darrell also maintains that, if Sommers did come to Ashbie, they were never there at the same time. He concludes that Sommers is lying about their prior association.(22-27)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 22-27

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2858

John Darrell claims that, if William Sommers faked his possession, then so must have the Lancashire Seven (the Starchie children and household) and Thomas Darling. He claims that the Lancashire Seven have been proven genuine, and that though Darling is also said to have faked his possession, he exhibited strength far beyond what a boy of thirteen should. Darrell also asks how it is that Darling "should thrust his bones out of their iointes, and in againe, and presentlie after vse his armes all one," or make speeches without moving his mouth, if he was not truly possessed?(27-29)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 27-29

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2859

John Darrell provides a full account of all of the signs of possession William Sommers exhibited, as deposed by numerous people on March 20, 1597. After each sign, he lists who is on record as having witnessed it, including the article in which their deposition can be found.(35-40)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 35-40

1597, March 20 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England