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Possession

The triall of Maist. Dorrell

seemingly a defense of Master Dorrell, who was accused of teaching multiple people to counterfeit possession, inquiries were made into the possessions of several young girls, one of which gained supernatural strength and knowledge, contains multiple allegations and then reasons why they aren’t true, discusses the possession of William Sommers, discusses Katherine Wright and Martha Brossier, also contains a report of Oliffe Barthram of Stradbrook in the County of Suffolke bewitching Ioane Iorden, for which she was arraigned and executed in 1599

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Possession

A breife narration of the possession

William Sommers was apparently possessed by a witch of Worcestershire, Minister Iohn Dorrell was called to assist with William Sommers, as he was possessed and the minister was known to be responsible for several dispossessions, after being disposed Sommers accused a witch, but was himself accused and committed to prison, in which the devil appeared to him, saying that if he didn’t let him reenter and didn’t say that his possession was counterfeit that he would be hanged, when confessing to counterfeiting he broke out into fits, they all believed that he was possessed, then they believed he was counterfeiting and arrested Dorrell, goes on to discuss dispossession/possession theoretically and to provide arguments for his supposed possession

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Possession

The most wonderfull and true storie

boy gets sick in front of uncle and sees green Angels and a green cat, broke out in warts and fits, Alice Gooderige and others were brought to help, they found a gaping hole a wart on her, attempted to exorcize him but he continues to see dragons and Satan while reacting negatively to the Bible, they try to get her to confess, he is cured and she dies, but was not executed

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Witchcraft

A detection of damnable driftes

a collection of evidence from other cases, Elizabeth Francis saw a dog, which bewitched a Ms. Poole for not giving her yeast; Elleine Smith of Maldon was accused of bewitching to death a young girl, sending a mouse and toad imp; a Mother Stauton of Wimbishe went around begging, putting people into fits, and killing livestock, she was arranged but not yet executed for murder; a Mother Nokes of Lamberd bewitched to death a child and livestock

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Witchcraft

A brief treatise containing the most strange and horrible cruelty

told from the POV of the author, who after having fits at night, saw the shadow of a black cat in his room, presumably Mother Dutton as she had also visited his brother at night, he brought her to Windesore before the Magistrates, they told him to let her go, she and her confederates then went out to haunt the author and bewitch his friends, they used their familiars to make the Mayor put him in prison for no apparent reason, eventually Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and the rest were examined, Elizabeth and the author got into a fight, the author fought them off but later saw the Devil, Elizabeth was apprehended and executed