Although Jennet had never actually
seen a witches brew, she hoped the day was not far off when she might
accompany her father, Witchfinder- General for Mercia and East Anglia, on the
cleansing circuit, thereby beholding not only an enchanted soup but all the
other astonishing components of a Sabbat, the flying horses, singing pigs,
wizards dancing widdershins, and altars piled high with silver apples made of
moonlight. As it was, however, at the start of the spring hunt Walter Stearne
always placed his daughter under the care and tutelage of his widowed
sister-in-law, Isobel Mowbray, whilst Jennets younger brother, Dunstan, was
privileged to join their father as he set about delivering the English nation
from the Devil.
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