Witches, ghosts and other things



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 can sign.

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 history:

A brief summary of the case

Includes picture of the Manor of Warboys
http://fenpast-pub.camcnty.gov.uk/MASmedia_SB/viewSite?        requestType=viewPage&siteId=238&pageId=2844 
(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 behavior of  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   q=cache:xiCbQM4TvREJ:www.geocities.com/iheartthepope/essays/midsummer.html
(remember to copy and paste long links directly into your browser window)                   

How to obtain  The Witches of Warboys by Moria Tatem, a modern historical  pamphlet.    

Warboys in modern times

Weird Sister
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 affections  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 frightened  girl betrayed by her wealthy neighbours and hanged as a witch. " 
See listing for book under Throckmortons in fiction. 

More books:

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, LTD.:  2006.

Wright, Thomas.  The Witches of Warboys.  Kessinger Publishing, LLC:  2005.



     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.

Lady on a Bicycle         http://www.walkwaysquercus.fsbusiness.co.uk/mspiritsextract.htm

Pink Lady                    http://www.paranormaldatabase.com/warwickshire/warwdata.php



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