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... and no county was free of them. The most acute period was 1645-7, when the
campaign led by Matthew Hopkins and his associates resulted in the execution of
several hundred witches in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and neighbouring counties.
... of her confederates, or even inhibited by the Devil himself.7 All these
considerations help to weaken the value of those confessions which have
survived, especially the particularly schematic ones extracted by Matthew
Hopkins, and his like.
Matthew Hopkins's victims in Essex included Mary Hockett, who was accused of
entertaining 'three evil spirits each in the likeness of a mouse, called "Littleman", "
Prettyman" and "Daynty" ', and Bridget Mayers, who entertained 'an evil spirit in ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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