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    Newes From the Dead – Mary Hooper

    “It is very dark when I wake. This isn’t frightening in itself, because most of the year I rise In darkness, Sir Thomas insisting that as much as possible of the house be put in order before any of the family are about. It is the quality of the darkness that is strange; blacker than black, soft and close about me.” Anne is working as a scullery maid when she becomes pregnant. Too far gone to do much about it she gives birth on the first day of December 1650. The child never drew breath yet Anne is accused of its murder. Sentenced to death by hanging the body of…