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This text is a pamphlet printed and distributed in Chelmsford (spelled Chelmisforde in the text), England in the year 1579. The pamphlet details the allegations against, and the subsequent executions of, Elizabeth Fraunces of Hatfeelde, Elleine Smithe of Maldon, and Mother Nokes of Lamberd Parishe. All three women were accused of witchcraft and put to death as a result. Fraunces, was seen as guilty for supposedly bewitching her neighbor, Mrs. Poole, for not giving her yeast; she also confessed to knowing that one "Mother Osborne" was too a witch. Smithe, age thirteen, was seen as guilty for supposedly bewitching Mrs. Webbe's daughter to death. Lastly, Nokes was seen as guilty for supposedly bewitching to death a child and a horse.
Witchcraft, early witches, witches, witch trials, Chelmsford, Chelmisforde, England 1500s, pamphlets on witches, old English pamphlets, Elizabeth Fraunces, Elleine Smithe, Mother Nokes, bewitching, Mother Osborne, execution of witches, witch trial, the Christian Church
Notestein, Wallace, 1878-1969; Witchcraft; Trials (Witchcraft); Witchcraft trials; English witchcraft, 1560-1736; Witchcraft--Europe--History; Witchcraft--England; Witches; Christianity
"A Detection of Damnable Driftes, Practized by Three Vvitches Arraigned at Chelmisforde in Essex at the Late Assizes There Holden, Whiche Were Executed in Aprill 1579." (1579). English Historical Library of Wallace Notestein. 10.
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