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The bewitching of Anne Gunter : a horrible and true story of deception, witchcraft, murder, and the King of England

Author: J A Sharpe
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2000.
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"In 1604, twenty-year-old Anne Gunter appeared to be bewitched: she suffered violent fits, fell into trances, contorted wildly in her bedchamber. Her garters and bodices unlaced themselves. She was said to be able to prophesy the future. Most remarkably, she vomited pins and "voided some pins downwards as well by her water or otherwise." Somewhat suspiciously, the three women she accused as her tormentors were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Anne Gunter; James, King of England; Anne Gunter; James, King of England
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A Sharpe
ISBN: 0415926912 9780415926911 0415926920 9780415926928
OCLC Number: 43076783
Description: xvi, 238 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Anne's Story --
Some Unexpected Consequences of a Football Match --
Many Strange Tortures --
Witchcraft --
The Oxford Connection --
The Witch-trial at Abingdon --
Demonic Possession and the Politics of Exorcism --
Anne Meets the King --
Loose Ends, Tied and Untied.
Responsibility: James Sharpe.
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In this engaging, true account of one young woman's experience with the phenomenon of witchcraft in 1604, Sharpe investigates the record of the case in all its intricacy for the first time in 400  Read more...

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"Sharpe makes readers feel for a little-known historical figure who - at a time when women were judged inferior - broke all the rules.No small feat in any era.."-"Time Out New York "Crammed with lore Read more...

 
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