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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. a tribulation of Witches is an in-depth learn of this trial and an research of the courtroom approaches and the bigger social, cultural and political matters of the interval.

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There also were two small rooms, about 15 by 20 feet, which were used by the grand jury and for witnesses and officials, and a small enclosed yard containing a privy. 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.

Perhaps Bacon had been in Lowestoft when the charge was ready to be made, and he had heard the accusations there rather than, as was common, having them placed before him in his own residence. More likely, we suspect that Bacon was deliberately chosen because it was known that he would be receptive to the allegations against Denny and Cullender. His was a delicate task: had Bacon turned his back on the charges presented to him by Samuel Pacy, the entire episode likely would have come to an abrupt end.

Of the nine, five had died before reaching the age of ten, including twins, Peter and Mary, born in 1632. 43 The Cullenders, following common practice, had given three of their nine children the name of Mary, reusing it as it became available with the death of an earlier Mary. ” In the yard of the house was a barn that formerly had served as a blacksmith’s shop. During the Cullenders’ occupancy of The Hall House, the barn was leased to a local brewer, Francis Ewen, who had three teenage daughters, the second of whom was Ann, aged fifteen in 1630.

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