Witches in Sixteenth-Century Germany: The belief in witches, what they were accused of and why

Keywords: Malleus Maleficarum, infanticide, metamorphosis, witchcraft, Witchcraft in sixteenth century, What caused the witch craze in Europe, Witch hunt in Europe, Witch trials Early modern Europe is known for its climate of fear as highlighted by the moral panics surrounding the witch trials (Roberts and Naphy, 1997, p. 1). Repeated war and death from disease… Continue reading Witches in Sixteenth-Century Germany: The belief in witches, what they were accused of and why

Truthful and Frightening Description of the many Sorcerers or Witches: An English Translation

Keywords: Petter Stump, Peter Stump, Peter Stumpf, Peter Stumpp, witches, werewolves, Devil Anonymous, Warhafftige und erschreckliche beschreibung von einem zauberer (Stupe Peter genandt) der sich zu einem wehrwolff hat können machen welcher zu Bedbur vier meilen von Cölln gelegen ist gerichtet worden den 31. October dieses 1589. jahrs was böser thaten er begangen hat. Auch wei… Continue reading Truthful and Frightening Description of the many Sorcerers or Witches: An English Translation

Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints

Keywords: Witches, body hair, wild woman, werewolves, sexuality The concept of shape-shifting and representations of human-animal hybrids in both literary sources and the visual arts captured the early modern European imagination. This phenomenon is particularly evident in the prevalence of pictorial prints featuring these creatures dated in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, produced in… Continue reading Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints