Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Murder of Mr. GrebellMadness and Civility in an English Town$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Kleber Monod

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099850

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099850.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 16 October 2018

A Parcel of Devils

A Parcel of Devils

(p.54) 2 A Parcel of Devils
The Murder of Mr. Grebell

Paul Kleber Monod

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the crime of John Breads connects with the wider context of social change in the early days of modern Rye. Breads' conception of madness was widespread among ordinary people in the 1700s, but it looked back to the preceding century and beyond. The chapter explains that it is not known whether Breads' judges or the members of his jury believed in devils, and argues that by the mid-eighteenth century, when Breads faced Mayor Lamb in the sessions court, godly magistracy was a thing of the past in Rye. The goal of purging the town of all sorts of satanic influences, of making it into a “city on a hill,” had largely been forgotten. As a result, the rhetoric of ascribing evil deeds to the devil had become less common, and witchcraft accusations had sputtered to an end.

Keywords:   sessions court, magistracy, Rye, satanic influences, evil deeds

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.