NEW! There is a movement afoot to get a royal
pardon for witches executed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
News article and Petition you
The witches of Warboys
Throckmortons helped put to death several "witches" in Warboys.
This was a phenomenon of that era, worldwide, but an odd one for Throckmorton
history. Here are some sites and books that will illuminate this dark portion of Throckmorton
A brief summary of the case
Includes picture of the Manor of Warboys
(copy and paste this long link into your browser)
Puts forth the
theory that ergot, a fungus, not a "spell" by a witch, caused the unusual
the Throckmorton children.
More about the impact of
the Warboys episode upon other witch cases
The interaction between the Samuels and Throckmortons
The relationship of Shakespeare's "Puck" to the "Pluck" sent by Alice
Samuel, allegedly to torment the Throckmorton children
(remember to copy and paste long links directly into your browser window)
How to obtain The Witches of Warboys by Moria Tatem, a modern
by Kate Pullinger, is a novel
about this episode. Quoted from the back cover: "Agnes Samuel is an
American, beautiful, witty, cool: the kind of
woman people remember. She arrives among the respectable citizens of Warboys
(England) like a cat among pigeons. Soon she has insinuated herself into the
of the sleepy Fenland village, and into the heart and home of the ancient
Throckmorton family. Nobody remembers another Agnes Samuel from long ago, a
girl betrayed by her wealthy neighbours and hanged as a witch. "
See listing for book under Throckmortons in fiction.
Almond, Philip C. The Witches of Warboys: An extraordinary
story of sorcery, sadism and satanic possession. Tauris, I.B., 2008.
Notestein, Wallace. History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to
1718. Kessinger Publishing: 2003.
Westwood, Jennifer. The Lore of the Land: a Guide to England's
Legends from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys. Penguin Books,
Wright, Thomas. The Witches of Warboys. Kessinger Publishing,
These are of course, unverified (but let's have fun!) and I will have
more to add to this category hopefully soon. Let's start with Coughton
Court. No current inhabitant of Coughton Court has mentioned these.
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