Chap Books(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
Pamphlets released, beginning in Elizabethan times, giving details about witch trials. Notestein says, "The witch chap-book was a distinct species. In the days when the chronicles were the only newspapers it was what is now the `extra,' brought out to catch the public before the sensation has lost its flavor."
Much useful information about trials can be obtained from these chap books. Although they invariably praise the judge and his efforts to exterminate the blight of witchcraft, they do contain all of the trivial details of the trials that might otherwise be lost.
A chap book of 1566 was headed The examination and confession of certaine Wytches at Chensforde in the Countie of Essex before the Quenes Maiesties Judges the XXVI daye of July anno 1566. A later one was The Wonderful Discoverie of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower, daughters of Joan Flower neere Beuer Castel: executed at Lincolne, March 11, 1618.