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STUDLEY (PETER) The Looking-glasse of Schisme: Wherein by a Briefe and True Narration of the Execrable Murders, done by Enoch ap Evan, a Downe Right Separatist, on the Bodies of his Mother and Brother, 1634
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STUDLEY (PETER)
The Looking-glasse of Schisme: Wherein by a Briefe and True Narration of the Execrable Murders, done by Enoch ap Evan, a Downe Right Separatist, on the Bodies of his Mother and Brother, first edition, final leaf soiled, several ink annotations (including "Ex dono Authoris") struck-through in ink, 3 blindstamps, contemporary calf, worn with some loss to spine [STC 23403], 8vo, Thomas Alchorne, 1634

Footnotes

  • Enoch ap Evans was a member of a pious Shropshire farming family which read the Book of Common Prayer twice a day. However, after exposure to Puritan preachers "he ceased to kneel at communion, believing this posture 'thrust the heeles and legges behind the bodie' and thus impeded the flow of spiritual nourishment", and shortly after "he hit John in the head with the blunt end of a hatchet as the latter napped with his head on the kitchen table, knocking him to the floor, and then decapitated him with two more blows" (ODNB), then killed his mother. "Determined to use the murders to tarnish puritans, Peter Studley, Arminian-inclined minister of St Chad's, Shrewsbury, visited him eighteen times, concluding that he was not insane, that he continued to hold Calvinist tenets, and that he believed Satan could not prevail over God's children".
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