Imprisoned – unheard – unnamed
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 1645. Mary Howldine, innkeeper, Puritan, follower of rules. Joan Wade, widow, long-despised, accused of witchcraft.
As their two worlds collide, the terror grows. By Christmas, during the hardest winter in living memory, there are seven imprisoned, awaiting trial and Mary’s beliefs begin to falter.
History has given us the names of the many men involved and how much they were paid, but only two of the women were named. Their lives were wiped out as if they had never been. This is their story . .
Inspiration for The Unnamed
In the course of my research for This Fearful Thing, I found that there had been a bigger witchcraft trial just down the road in Aldeburgh, involving no less a person than the Witchfinder General himself, Matthew Hopkins.
He was invited to the town in 1645 to search out witches and the original Chamberlains’ Accounts, still available to see in the Suffolk Archives, note all the payments made to him and others – how could I resist?