Monthly Archives: January 1616

A treatise of witchcraft VVherein sundry propositions are laid downe

mostly a theoretical discussion of witchcraft, Marie Smith became jealous of her neighbors for selling cheese better than she, cursed them, the Devil appeared to her in the shape of a black man, she cursed a sailor who struck her son, he became sick and his fingers rotted off, she bewitched several other men and women, and confessed publicly before execution

Thunder haile, & lightn[ing] from heauen

punishment from god, ‘in behalf of the poor,’ discussion of covetousness and punishment from god, in Lincolenshire birds were struck by lightning dead in the sky, poor wanted rich farmers to grow extra crops, dispute between the poor and the rich, later the sky went black, and lightning struck, all crops were destroyed but those of one virtuous rich man who stood up for the poor