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Title: A guide to grand-iury men diuided into two bookes: in the first, is the authors best aduice to them what to doe, before they bring in a billa vera in cases of witchcraft, with a Christian direction to such as are too much giuen vpon euery crosse to thinke themselues bewitched. In the second, is a treatise touching witches good and bad, how they may be knowne, euicted, condemned, with many particulars tending thereunto. By Rich. Bernard.
Prov 17:15, Deut 13:14
Imprint: London: Printed by Felix Kingston for Ed. Blackmore, and are to be sold at his shop at the great south dore of Pauls, 1627.
Date: 1627
Pages: [20], 267, [1]
Copy from: British Library
The book was reprinted in 1629 adn 1630.
The work is preceded by a 4 page dedication to 'The right honourable Sir John Walter, Knight, Lord chief Baron of his majesties court of exchequer and Sir John Denham, Knight, a worthy Baron of the same honourable court. The reverend and religious judges in this western circuit.' and another, slightly longer, 'To the right worshipful Gerard Wood, Doctor of Divinity, and Archdeacon of Wells and Arthur Duck, Doctor of the Civil Law and Chancellor to the Right Reverend Father the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells' . There is also a six page sumary of the work after this.
John Walter lived 1565-1630, a judge and politician. An anecdote from Fuller says that when a colleague on the western circuit remarked ‘My Lord, you are not merry’, Walter supposedly replied ‘Merry enough, for a judge’. John Denham, father of the poet, lived 1559-1639. Wood became archdeacon in 1611, Duck lived 1580-1648.

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