The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of England

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - History - 238 pages
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In 1604, 20-year-old Anne Gunter was bewitched: she foamed at the mouth, contorted wildly in her bedchamber, went into trances. Her garters and bodices were perpetually unlacing themselves. Her signature symptom was to vomit pins and "she voided some pins downwards as well by her water or otherwise.." Popular history at its best, "The Bewitching of Anne Gunter" opens a fascinating window onto the past. It's a tale of controlling fathers, willful daughters, nosy neighbors, power relations between peasants and gentry, and village life in early-modern Europe. Above all it's an original and revealing story of one young woman's experience with the greatly misunderstood phenomenon of witchcraft. James Sharpe is Professor of History at York University and the author of "Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in" "Early Modern History" and other works of social history.

 

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I love micro-histories and this is a perfect example. For anyone with a good general knowledge of the witch-hunts in England, this is an in-depth study of one of the most notorious cases. Sharpe does ... Read full review

Contents

ANNES STORY
1
SOME UNEXPECTED C O N S E QU E N C E S of a FOOTBALL MATCH
14
MANY STRANGE TORTURES
43
WITCHCRAFT
64
The OXFORD CONNECTION
90
The WITCHTRIAL at ABINGDON
115
DEMONIC POSSESSION and the POLITICS of EXORCISM
139
ANNE MEETS the KING
169
LOOSE ENDS TIED and UNTIED
197
NOTES and REFERENCES
213
INDEX
231
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James Sharpe has been involved in the financial markets since the late 1970s. He has a degree in economics and a Masters in finance. His early career was geared towards financial analysis and wholesale lending but from 1980 his role has been treasury based. Unlike many who write financial books he is still writing out deal tickets and advising clients. James' range of experience is extraordinary and is unlikely to be repeated. He has worked in the US and the Middle East where he was responsible for the region and interbank/central bank relationships. He has combined positions of trader and foreign exchange sales but it is in the latter area that Jim has focused and where he has run a number of desks. He has worked for a range of institutions around the world, including in the US, Japan, Scandinavia and the UK. He has dealt with an array of counterparties including banks, corporates, central banks, funds and multinationals. In recent years he has completed 'the hand' and deals with high net worth individuals and corporate customers at a leading private bank.

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