The subject of a book is never entirely captured between its covers. Something more or different amongst the experiences or evidence out of which it has grown could have fed into it, and fresh views will emerge from it. We want to give space here for those before-
Bringing together the sources and consequences of the books is an opportunity to reconsider and refocus, or follow alternative threads through the worlds they represent, so this is a developing collection. For smaller items of commentary, see our blog Under the Hedge.
Some wartime writings by Professor John Ryle, MD—edited on this website by Alex King. Ryle’s son Anthony mentions these in his diary.
A teenager’s thoughts on democracy—article by a youthful Anthony Ryle in the magazine Phoenix (1944), published by the Inter-
Some writings which contributed to Rye Spirits:
‘Witchcraft, politics and “good neighbourhood" in early seventeenth century Rye', Past & Present 133 (Nov. 1991): 31-
An Astrological Diary of the Seventeenth Century: Samuel Jeake of Rye, 1652-
Some writings (by Annabel Gregory) which developed out of Rye Spirits:
‘Poor, Old and Ugly?’ — article in the August 2016 issue of History Today (reproduced with permission here without illustrations) arguing that our idea of the English witch owes too much to the rhetoric of early modern witchcraft pamphlets, because most of the legal evidence for criminal cases has not survived. The article includes a summary of the Rye case of 1607-
‘The Awkward Squad in 16th century Lion Street’ [Rye, Sussex]—full text of article about the forbears of the main character in Rye Spirits (Anne Taylor). Reproduced (without illustrations) with the kind permission of Rye’s Own magazine, where it appeared in the December 2014 issue.