The Monster of Cracow: Monstrous Births as Portents during the Reformation

Keywords: Monstrous Births, Portents, Reformation The monstrous birth resembling a demon with faces embedded in its body become known as the Monster of Cracow, after its birthplace in 1547. The image of the monstrous birth was reproduced in multiple prints. It appeared in Jacob Rüeff’s (1500-1558) De conceptu et generatione hominis, (‘On the Conception and… Continue reading The Monster of Cracow: Monstrous Births as Portents during the Reformation