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Witches, Catholics, Scolds, and Wives: Noisy Women in Context

Less than a year after the March 1618 assizes, two accounts of the witchcraft trial and execution of Joan Flower and her daughters in rural Lincolnshire appeared in the bookshops of central London. One was a broadside ballad titled Damnable Practises that related the women’s crimes through poetry, popular song, and public performance (see Figure 1.1). Printed at the bottom of the broadside is the following advertisement:

There is a booke printed of these Witches, wherein you shall know all their examinations and confessions at large: As also the wicked practice of three other most Notorious Witches in Leceister-shire with all their examinations and confessions.1