The Chelmsford Trials are very rich in accounts of familiars. At the second trial, in 1597, the young son of Ellen Smith said his mother kept 3 spirits: Great Dick in a wicker bottle; Little Dick in a leather bottle, and Willet in a wool-pack. Unfortunately, when searched for, “the spirits were vanished away.” At the same trial, Elizabeth Francis cursef her neighbor’s wife for refusing her some yeast, whereupon “a spirit of a white color in seeming like to a little rugged dog” appeared, promising to hurt the miserly neighbor. For its reward, the familiar spirit received a piece of bread.
In the celebrated Warboys trial in 1593, Alice Samuel was accused of bewitching some children. The following account comes from Richard Boulton in 1715:
First, being demanded what the names of those spirits (wherewith she bewitched) were called she said they were called Pluck, Catch, and White, the which names she often repeated. Being asked whether she had bewitched the Lady Cromwell to death or not, she answered that she had. Being asked with which of her spirits she did bewitch the said Lady to death, she said with Catch. And being demanded for what cause she did it, she answered: For that the said Lady had caused some of her hair and her hair-lace to be burned. And that she said, Catch willed her to be revenged of the said Lady. And that thereupon the said Mother Samuel bid him go and do what he would. And being asked what Catch said to herto be revenged of the said Lady. And that thereupon the said Mother Samuel bid him to and do what he would. And being asked what Catch said to her when he came back again, she confessed that he said that he had been revenged of her. Moreover, she confessed, and upon her death did say for truth, that she was guilty of the death of the said Lady Cromwell.
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Kicked Out Of Heaven Vol. II: The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700-1700 a.d. is a 3 volume series that will be released one by one. This book details everything about European society and mentality. In this edition you will find these facts: Alcoholism & The Blue Devils, Insanity & Lead Poisoning, Ergot (LSD) Hallucinations, The Sweating Sickness & Leprosy, The Tobacco Enema & Leeches, The Defloration Mania, The Dancing Mania, The Black Death, The Gravediggers & Body Snatchers, Jews Poisoning the Wells, Millions of Deaths, Folklore & Superstition, Magic Mirrors & Crystal Balls, Witches Dancing in Baby Blood, Pants Made of Human Skin, Necromancy & Ghost Armies, Attacks from The Undead, Lycanthropy & Were-Wolves, Multiple Cases of Vampires, Who is Satan, Lucifer & The Devil!
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