In 1582, Richard Scot attended the trial of the S. Osyth coven of witches. The leader of the coven was supposedly Ursley Gray, a prostitute who doubled as a nurse, midwife and herbiest. She was accused by a Mrs. Grace Thurlour, whose son David had been cured by Ursley. The cure had been so rapid that Grace suspected ursley of being a witch ursley denied it, but when Grace’s newborn baby fell out of the cradle and broke her neck, Grace was sure that Ursley had put a curse on her and reported the woman to the authorities. Ursleys 8yr old bastard son was arrested, and after prolonged questioning admitted that his mother was in league with the devil. Ursley was offered her freedom if she would betray the other witches in the community and she promptly named a number of people, doubtless taking advantage of the situation to pay off a few old scores. 18 people were hanged.
As a result of the S. Osyth trial Scot decided that witches were usually desperately poor women who might, in hopes of frightening people to give them “pitifully small alms,” claim to supernatural powers. They might know a few tricks, such as hiding wolf dung in a barn to stampede the carrel or soaping the inside of a churn, which kept the butter from forming, but many were simply mentally afflicted people who, when accused of being witches, were too confused to deny it. One woman exclaimed, “Of course I am a witch but I never knew it until now.” A man admitted being a wizard because, “I have often seen little flies dancing around a candle flame, which I know now must have been devils.” Scot also noted that once the panic began, discharged servants would denounce their former employers, heirs accuse rich relations, and there was a flood of “postbox” accusations, equivelant to our modern anonymous postcards, obviously inspired solely by spite.
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