Jack Cade is a truly mysterious and intriguing figure in witchcraft history — as well as world history in general.  Cade was a notorious rebel who attempted to overthrow the English patriarchy during 1450. During a span of just three months, Cade oversaw an orchestrated revolt, intending on taking down Henry VI. Over the course of this brutal rebellion, Cade lost around 200 men, ultimately falling to the might of Henry’s military. He was considered a treasonous rebel, but that wasn’t all. Jack Cade was considered a witch who directly used baneful magic in his endeavor to dismantle English rule.

According to parliamentary documents, Jack Cade — also known as Jack or John Mortimer — “summoned the devil in the form of a black dog” in his home. He was also found to be in possession of books containing spells and witchcraft references. Jack died after he was wounded during a skirmish, which marked the end of his historic rebellion. 

To call Jack Cade mysterious is a bit of an understatement. That is because Jack Cade did not exist on paper until 1450 when he embarked on his bloody mission to destroy Henry VI. The same can be said of his other aliases. The man himself did indeed exist, and his existence has been well-documented, but his actual identity remains a mystery.

Genealogy of Jack Cade

Since the true identity of this notorious rebel witch is not known, it is impossible to authentically trace any possible descendants. That does not mean that Cade didn’t sire any children, but those children have not been named in any documents. Until it can be proven that Jack Cade sired offspring, he cannot be proven as an ancestor of anybody living today.


The Jack Cade Rebellion of 1450: A Sourcebook; Alexander L. Kaufman; 2019

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