10 November 1660, Oxford, England: Humanoid
A scholar named Allen, of Magdalen College in Oxford, who was in bed, heard a noise like the sound of geese. He got up and looked out of a window on the side of a bridge, but saw nothing. As he went back to bed he saw a strange man at the door, apparently dressed as a bishop!
“At first he was not much affrighted, but called to it and abjured it to speak. The Bishop immediately rose up and approached towards his bed, at which the young man was exceedingly terrified, and crying out murder, murder, it vanished. He since says that he saw and heard something which he will discover to no one.”
Source: Mirabilis Annus (1661).
The Devil in the likeness of a Bishop appeared to a Scholar in Magdalen College, November 10, 1660.
By a letter from a very good hand from Magdalen College in Oxford, it is certified, that about the 10th of November last, 1660, a Spectrum appeared to one Allen of that College, which according to his own relation was as followeth: He heard in the night, when he was in bed, a noise like the noise of geese; he arose from his bed, and looked out at his window, which opened over the bridge, but saw nothing; but, going to his bed again, he saw a man as it were grovelling upon the floor in Pontificalibus, attired like a Bishop in his lawn sleeves.
At first he was not much affrighted, but called to it, and adjured it to speak; the Bishop immediately rose up, and approached towards his bed, at which the young man was exceedingly terrified, and crying out, murder! murder! it vanished: he since says that he saw and heard something, which he will discover to none. Upon the report of this strange apparition in the College, the next night five or six Scholars watched in that chamber, and about midnight, on a sudden, the candles went out, and immediately upon it was heard a great noise as of children crying out, which so affrighted them, that they all ran out of the chamber. This is a thing generally known and talked of by the Students in that House, though, as it is reported, the Vice-President did his uttermost to suppress the rumour of it, and by his menaces hath so awed the Scholar, that except it be to some special confidents he dares not own this to any.
A contemporary, the antiquary (and rumored Catholic sympathizer) Anthony Wood, described Jessie’s book as “an imposture of most damnable design.” Where the facts could be checked, they did not stand up to review. According to the Rev. James Granger, who assayed Jessie’s work a century after his death for the Biographical History of England (1779), Jessie was a bigot and wildly prejudiced. In the Mirabilis Annus, or “Year of Prodigies,” he “ransacked all the books he met with for memorable and portentous accidents […] and did his utmost to terrify the people with a groundless but dreadful anticipation of the same events.” So bold was Jessie’s deceit that John Spencer of Cambridge wrote a rebuttal, the Discourse Concerning Prodigies (1663), still famous today.
The long and short of it is that Vallée and Aubeck have purposely hidden the truth about the passage, beginning with its prima facie dubiousness as a secondhand account (at best), and excise it from its social and political context by denying readers the opportunity to discover its true author and evaluate his religious bias and clear motivation for presenting the tale. One cannot fairly judge the truth of an account like this without understanding its cultural and political context, or the motivations of its author.
Update: To be fair to the authors, in the second half of their book, where they analyze the texts they present, they do quote other analysts who note that the Mirabilis Annus was designed as a piece of propaganda, though they deny that this should disqualify us from accepting the claims of the book as true:
We are left with the fact that the interpretation of the reported events is generally biased by the writer who recounts the cases, but that may be the price we have to pay for obtaining any knowledge of the underlying phenomena in the first place. As to the actual explanation for the sightings, it is left for us to discover.