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Weather

A vievv of certain wonderful effects, of late dayes come to passe

a comet was seen in the air, discusses recent theories of comets and then says it’s a sign from God of some great judgment, caused a drought the year later, influence of Venus also was related to the ‘advancement of women,’ in appearance, and great marriages that year,

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Weather

A straunge and terrible wunder wrought very late in the the parish church

says God warns us by signs from heaven and firey appearances, we will be warned of Sodomiticall or Babylonicall destruction, people gathered at a Church to see the storm of lightning and thunder, when a black dog appeared with flames running through the congregation and snapped the necks of two praying, “example of Gods wrath,” the dog was seen elsewhere as well

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Weather

A contemplation of mysteries

a long theoretical description of different types of weather and their explanations, including reports of comets and their historical ramifactions, examples include a comet causing drought in Lumbardie, another flying over Scotland resulting in the death of the king days after, one other in Scotland causing the death of king William, also comets causing storms, floods, and droughts

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Possession

The disclosing of a late counterfeyted possession

discussion of the possession of Rachel Pindar and Anges Brigges, who admitted that their possessions were counterfeited, faked vomiting pins and other items

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Possession

A booke declaringe the fearfull vexasion

Alexander Ninge’s first fits began with his family watching him go into violent convulsions, his brother Edward thought it to be an evil spirit, his brother was able to fight the spirit off for a while, and the town was called to help pray for Alexander, the spirit began to speak through him, they began to read scripture to it, then the boy’s body transformed into the shape of the Devil, eventually the spirit left him with the help of his brother Edward,

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Witchcraft

The Examination and confession of certaine wytches

Includes introductory poem, Elizabeth Frauncis was taught witchcraft by her grandmother Eue of Hatfyelde, she fed a white cat ‘Sathan,’ her blood at her grandmother’s command, she wanted money so the cat gave her sheep, she wanted Andrew Byles to be her husband and was commanded by the Devil to be ‘abused’ by him, when he did not marry her she had the Devil bewitch him to death, destroyed her unborn child with poison, Elizabeth gave the cat to Mother Agnes Waterhouse who also made a blood covenant, it could transform to a dog or toad, she killed livestock, Satan killed her husband for her, Ioane her daughter associated with the Devil too, they all confessed and Anges Waterhouse was executed

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Witchcraft

The examination of John Walsh

Discussion about papist witchcraft and sin, then the confession/interrogation of John Walk, lived in a parish and practiced as a physician, he would open a book of his master’s that had great circles in it, which would summon three spirits that could tell him who was bewitched, he admitted to having his master’s familiar in the shape of a dog, man, etc. for a few years, he gave it a drop of his blood, he said they have no purpose but retrieving stolen items, he could make men and women sick by making wax figurines of them, also had a ceremony that could kill people he wished, said he never used them however