Anne Green was a scullery maid who was seduced by the grandson of her master, she became pregnant, miscarried, then hid the foetus. The result was that she was charged with infanticide, a hanging offence in those days, and was sentenced to hang at Oxford Castle on 14 December 1650.
After half an hour, they thought she was dead, so they cut her down and give the body to two Oxford University physicians for dissection.
Now we come to the amazing bit, when they opened the coffin, she was still breathing!
The physicians felt it was their duty to revive her, so they did.
The authorities believed it was God’s providence telling them she was innocent, so they pardoned her!
History tells us that she went on to have a happy marriage, three children, however, for the rest of her life she kept the coffin!