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

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter

A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of England

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2000
ISBN: 9780415926911
Number Of Pages: 256

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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." Somewhat suspiciously, the three women accused of bewitching her were related to two men killed by her father during a rowdy football match years earlier. As Anne's case became ever more celebrated, a number of Oxford dons and other notables weighed in with their opinions, providing us with an extraordinary record of the case. After the three witches were tried and acquitted, Anne's father appealed directly to King James I, a noted witchhunter. The case was re-opened and the ensuing trial in the Star Chamber - with over 50 witnesses - revealed all.
"The Bewitching of Anne Gunther" is a compelling true crime story investigated in all its intricacies for the first time in 400 years. Like Steven Ozment's "The Burgermeister's Daughter," it's a tale of controlling fathers, willful daughters, nosy neighbors, power relations between peasants and aristocrats, and village life in early modern Europe. Above all, it's the highly engaging account of one woman's experience of the greatly misunderstood phenomenon of witchcraft.

Industry Reviews

"The author, James Sharpe, is also a scholar of witchcraft, and as a storyteller more deliberate than fluent. What impresses us as most surreal in his account of this case is not the Gunter family psychodrama, miserable as the ordeal must have been for poor Anne, but the scrupulous care that the wisest minds of the age took to distinguish real cases of witchcraft from imaginary ones." -"Boston Globe "An extraordinary case...Professor Sharpe, in this illuminating narrative, has given Anne Gunter her due moment of fame...extremely interesting and readable." -Antonia Fraser, "The London Times

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Anne's Storyp. 1
Some Unexpected Consequences of a Football Matchp. 14
Many Strange Torturesp. 43
Witchcraftp. 64
The Oxford Connectionp. 90
The Witch-trial at Abingdonp. 115
Demonic Possession and the Politics of Exorcismp. 139
Anne Meets the Kingp. 169
Loose Ends, Tied and Untiedp. 197
Notes and Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780415926911
ISBN-10: 0415926912
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 27th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 15.93  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1