The North Berwick witch trials were the trials in 1590 of a number of people from East Lothian, Scotland, accused of witchcraft in the St Andrew's Auld Kirk in North Berwick. They ran for two years and implicated seventy people.
loosely copied after Sebald Beham; peasants making hay in a field; at upper centre a lion representing Leo; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius, 1557 Woodcut
A couple seated at a desk at left; two of their children playing cards on the floor at right, a girl drinking and a boy holding a sword; illustration to a Latin edition of Sebastian Brant's 'Ship of Fools', probably that printed by Petri in Basel in 1572. c.1568-72 Woodcut
loosely copied after Sebald Beham; with a company enjoying a feast in an alcove; a male figure at r pouring wine; at upper centre two children representing Gemini; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius,
loosely copied after Sebald Beham; peasants taking a lunch break from harvesting grain; at upper centre a young woman representing Virgo; illustration to Michael Beuther, 'Calendarium Historicum', Frankfurt: David Zephelius, 1557 Woodcut
Fella’s verse for April (49v) bears more relation to the livestock and people in the background than to the main hunting scene. He has simplified the layout, removing two horses and the side-saddle huntress, but retaining the enclosed deer park and strange rocky outcrop at the centre (the last a feature not likely to be found in a Suffolk landscape.
November (54r), The layout and shapes of trees, foreground hogs, acorns and man throwing a stick are all very similar to the woodcuts, but Fella also made some interesting changes. The sleeping girl in the right foreground of the woodcut has been replaced by a man tying a faggot (copied from the March woodcut). Further back, two bearded gentlemen (possibly copied from Foxe’s Actes & Monuments) are looking at a pair of insects in the tree.