The St Osyth Witch Story and All That

Book ID:
8439
Title:
The St Osyth Witch Story and All That
Author:
'Darcey, Brian', 'Hendy, P.M.', 'W. W.'
Book type:
Folder
First edition date:
1582
Pages:
52 plus other documents
Dewey decimal number:
133.430941 HEN
Dust jacket:
No
Language:
English
Photographs:
Yes
Illustrations:
Yes
Bibliography:
No
Notes:

An edition of the 1582 pamphlet A True and Juste Recorde by W.W. (probably the prosecuting magistrate Brian Darcey) about the St Osyth witchcraft case; transcribed from a copy in the British Museum by P.M. Hendy. It includes a Preface giving a brief account of the discovery of the skeletons of the executed witches Elizabeth Bennett and Ursula Kemp, which mentions Cecil Williamson and the Museum (and makes some interesting comments about Cecil!). At the end of the book there is an extract from the St Osyth Parish Magazine, dated June 1921, which refers to the discovery of Ursula Kemp's skeleton, remarking that it has "resulted in St Osyth being visited by many antiquarians". It also mentions the skeleton being "bound and nailed". The book also includes a photograph of the skeleton.

The donor of the book has also included some other documents: an annotated map of Historical St Osyth, and a newspaper article dated Monday May 22 2017 about John Worland's research on the St Osyth case, with photographs of the skeleton and of the reburial ceremony in 2016. (See also www.ursulakemp.co.uk)

Donated by Peter Bareham.