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New light on the ‘Drummer of Tedworth’: conflicting narratives of witchcraft in Restoration England

By Michael Hunter

Abstract

This paper presents a definitive text of hitherto little-known early documents concerning ‘The Drummer of Tedworth’, a poltergeist case that occurred in 1662-3 and became famous not least due to its promotion by Joseph Glanvill in his demonological work, Saducismus Triumphatus. On the basis of these and other sources, it is shown how responses to the events at Tedworth evolved from anxious piety on the part of their victim, John Mompesson, to confident apologetic by Glanvill, before they were further affected by the emergence of articulate scepticism about the case

Topics: hca
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:250

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