|John Lambe||Doctor John Lambe is a man from Worcester in the county of Worcestershire, known to be an astrologer, cunning-man, teacher of gentleman's children, magician and juggler, and to style himself a physician. He employed Anne Bodenham as a maid. He stood charges at the Worcester Assizes for "two seuerall Inditements; one for vnchristian and damnable practises against the person of an Honourble Peere of this Realme; and the other for damnable inuocation and worship of euill Spirits." The first charge referred to an attempt to disable or weaken the Thomas, sixth Lord Windsor. He was found guilty on both charges, but judgement was suspended in the case of the first. Dr. Lambe allegedly drew Mr. Wayneman into his practice of conjuration and promised to show him an angel, but summoned a spirit instead. He is said to posses the skill to "intoxicate, poyson, and bewitch any man so as they should be disabled from begetting of children," and to have four spirits trapped in a crystal glass. He called the chief sprit Benias. He also predicted the drowning of Lady Fairfax's brothers. While at a gentleman's house entertaining guests with juggling tricks, Anthony Birch saw shapes in his crystal ball. Through the use of his spirits, he could "vndertake any difficult thing, and did very often discouer and bring to light goods and chattels although they had for a long time beene lost," tell whether someone was a witch or not, what disease afflicted a person whether he had seen them or not, and show women their future husbands in his crystal ball. He could also tell what private marks a person had on their body and personal details they had kept secret. 40 people involve in his arraignment allegedly died within two weeks after. Dr. Lambe was indicted a second time on charges of luring Joan Seager, an 11-year-old girl, to his home and raping her. He was found guilty and sentenced to death for this violation, but was pardoned by the crown. Some evidence surfaced suggesting that Seager's father owed Dr. Lambe money, and that the rape charge was laid shortly after he tried to collect on the debt. A year later, Dr. Lambe attended a play at the Fortune Theatre in London and was mobbed when he left. The mob pursued him and beat him to death with stones and cudgels.(2-3)||A DESCRIPTION OF the Life and Death of Iohn Lambe, otherwise called Doctor LAMBE.
T[h]is Lambe commonly called Doctor Lambe, whose Scandalous life hath beene a long subiect of discourse in this Kingdome, and whose tragicall and vnexpected death of late happening, hath giuen cause of a sadde Example to all such wicked persons.
To passe by his Childehood, and to come to the beginning of his life[.] after he was at mans estate, was for the most part spent in the houses of diuers Gentlemen, whose Children he taught to write and reade the English tongue. The first steppe that euer hee made towards that wicked course, which hee was afterwards accused for, was the profession of that noble and deepe Science of Physicke, (a colour which many base Impostours haue vsed to lewde and iuggling practises, as the best things are subiect to the greatest abuses.)
Whether this Doctor Lambe, for so wee will now call him, had any abilitie of learning in him or no, I will relate the iudgements of some honest and able men, which haue talked with him. he seemed to them (how euer hee would talke highly to ignorant people) to be altogether vnlearned, and silly of discourse[.] or else to affect that way of speaking as a colour of his mischeuous pra ctises[.] and rather to be thought by them an Impostour, whom the credulous ignorance of the common people had raysed to that Fame, then to be truely and guiltily learned in those wicked Mysteryes. But whether hee were truely the man, which the people conceiued him to bee, or not, I referre you to the proofes vpon Inditement at Assises against him and those other stories of him iustified by men and women of credit. He began within short time after he professed Physick in the Country, to fall to other mysteries, as telling of Fortunes, helping of diuerse to lost goods, shewto young people the faces of their Husbans or Wiues, that should be, in a Christall glasse: reuealing to wiues the escapes and faults of their Husbands, and to husbands of their wiues. By which meanes, whether truly or falsely told, he wrought so much vpon their credulitie, that many mischiefs and diuisions were wrought betweene marryed people. But his fame was neuer truely great, till he came to bee questioned by the Lawes of the Kingdome at Assises and Sessions. For the condemnation of his lewdnesse in those ass[e]mblies of Iustice, did raise an opinion of his abilitie among people, no lesse then some vnlearned and foolish Bookes in our time haue gotten credit among the people, onely because Authoritie hath censured them bad, which in steede of hurting the Authors, hath blowne them vp with a vaine pride, and honoured them in the iudgement of their ignorant admirers. The first tryall in a Court of Iustice against Doctor Lambe, of any note, was at the Assifes at Worcester, In which he was found guilty of two seuerall Inditements; one for vnchristian and damnable practises against the person of an Honourble Peere of this Realme; and the other for damnable inuocation and worship of euill Spirits[.] as will in the following discourse more at large appeare. ()|