1 - St Osyth
Grace, Ursley, Annis and Ales
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 02 December 2022
This chapter examines the origin of the St Osyth witchcraft accusations in the strained relationship between Grace Thurlowe, a servant at St Osyth Priory, and the cunning woman Ursley Kempe. It reconstructs the network of magical healers in the locality, suggesting that competition and sensitivities around child-rearing and illegitimacy were important in sparking suspicion, as well as several recent deaths of key players in the village.
- The Witches of St Osyth , pp. 10 - 50Publisher: Cambridge University PressPrint publication year: 2022