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Anne BodenhamA woman who had acted as Dr. Lamb's domestic servant in London circa 1622?, a role for which she earned the moniker "Dr. Lamb's darling," and the place where she claims to have first learned the mystical arts and gained Dr. Lambe's book. In the 1650s, she is in Fisherton Anger, a suburb of Salisbury in the county of Wiltshire, and the wife of Edward Bodenham. Here she evidently worked as a teacher, was seen as a papist, a gossip, cunning woman and a wisewoman, willing to "undertake to cure almost any diseases, which she did for the most part by charms and spels, but sometimes used physical ingredients, to cover her abominable practices." Her bread and butter came from "procur[ing] things that were lost, and to restore [stolen] goods. Bodenham practices image, familiar, and word magic. She claims she can control demons, but uses image magic, and basic psychological manipulation, to do her work. She evidently makes the strategic mistake of trying to recruit Anne Styles, a young servant girl with whom she had a number of encounters. In one account, she gave her soul to the Devil "sealed in a bloody scroule," and under his instruction, seduced the maid Anne Styles into also signing over her soul. Mistress Bodenham uses a looking glass to conjure. Anne Styles comes to her afterwards, and says to Mistress Bodenham that "she would flye" to London, which Mistress Bodenham agrees too. Mistress Bodenham also travels to Stockbridge when Anne Styles is there, immediately alleviating Anne Styles' torments caused by the Devil. Mistress Bodenham tries to convince the Gentleman to let her impart "all her art," to him, which he refuses. Bodenham allegedly helps Richard Goddard's lost spoon, helps find three pieces of Thomas Mason's lost gold, helps determine if Elizabeth Rosewel's sister and daughter in law, Sarah Goddard, was trying to poison her, makes a charm protect Master Mason from Master Rawley's mischief and foretells if Mason would win a law suit against Richard Goodard, predicts who Mistriss Rosewel would marry, sends Styles again to Bodenham who have her visit a local apothecary to buy Arsenic to burn as a bit of counter magic to protect Mistress Goddard and provides poison to use against Mistriss Sarah and Mistriss Anne Goddard. Her final mistake is offering Anne Styles, who had been discovered to be the person who bought the arsenic meant to be used against Mistress Goddard, and thus, an attempted murderer, an apprenticeship. Styles soon acted like a woman possessed and shortly thereafter, Anne Bodenham was arrested. She was sentanced to be hanged as a witch. She is executed on March 19, 1653, after she boasts "she knew full well, She should be a great Lady in hel," and refuses to repent. During her execution, "she did nought but curse and sware," as she went to the gallows drunk. When she was allowed to go up the ladder, she attempted to throw herself off the platform. When asked to forgive her executioner, she replied, "Forgive thee? A pox on thee, turn me off; which were the last words she spake."(1)She was a woman much adicted to Popery, and to Papistical fancies that she commonly observed, and would declare to her neighbours; she would often tell those, that had converse with her of lucky and unlucky days, which she would have them observe in their employments; she was likewise addicted much to Gossipping (as the vulgar call it) to tell strange unheard-of tales and stories of transactions, and things that have been, and might be done, by cunning and wise people; she was one that would undertake to cure almost any diseases, which she did for the most part by charms and spels, but sometimes used physical ingredients, to cover her abominable practices; she would undertake to procure things that were lost, and to restore stoln goods, upon which employments she was made use of by many people ()