2> The account originally appears in a pamphlet advertised on its title-page as A true and most Dreadfull discourse of a woman possessed with the Deuill: who in the likeness of a headlesse Beare fetched her out of her Bedd, and in the presence of seuen persons, most straungely roulled her thorow three Chambers, and downe a high pair of staiers, on the fower and twentie of May last. 1584, a single sheet in octavo. The title-page goes on to pronounce the events ‘A matter as miraculous as euer was seen in our time.’ The pamphlet’s title page presents a woodcut for readers unable to visualise a headless bear (possibly specially cut for the pamphlet, but it could perhaps be an older woodcut which had been decapitated for the purpose). The pamphlet is undated but the wording of the title dates it to the same year as the events it reports.
of a woman possessed with the Deuill (1584)]