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By Ivan Bunn

In 1662, Amy Denny and Rose Cullender have been accused of witchcraft, stood trial and have been hanged in Lowestoft. an ordeal of Witches is an in-depth learn of this trial and an research of the courtroom systems and the bigger social, cultural and political matters of the interval.

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68 There were fourteen counts in the indictments against Amy Denny and Rose Cullender. Typical of each is that concerning Ann Baldinge, who is identified correctly in the indictment but miscalled Ann Baldwin in the trial report. The allegation is stated in the formal language repeated in each of the other charges, which vary only in the details of the alleged criminal act. It reads in translation as follows: The toad in the blanket 31 The King’s sworn officers maintain upon their oaths that Rose Cullender late of Lowestoft in the aforesaid county, widow, on the 1st day of February in the 14th year [1662] of the reign of our lord Charles the second King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith etc.

At no time did she claim parish relief; in fact, she herself contributed to the poor rate. A scant seven months after his mother’s execution, Thomas Cullender would transfer the family house to his sister, Susan. We learn from the Manor Court records that Thomas was married and had children of his own, though neither the marriage nor the baptism of the children is recorded at Lowestoft, indicating that he lived elsewhere. Like so many elderly women accused of witchcraft, Rose Cullender apparentiy did not have any adult male near at hand to protect her against the charge.

The crown courtroom was a lofty chamber measuring 35 by 48 feet, two stories high with stout posts supporting the exposed roof timbers. The judges, the justices of the peace (who were required to attend the assizes but did not always do so), and other dignitaries sat on a raised dais along the eastern wall. Behind and above them was a large window that provided the courtroom with its main source of light. The west wall had a door leading into the nisi prius courtroom, which Figure 5 Plan of the Shirehall, Bury St.

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