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

Child Murderers within the wider Visual Culture of Infanticide and Cannibalism

Keywords: Der Kinderfresser, Wild Man, Witchcraft, Midwives, Cannibalism This Christmas, did your children make it to the naughty or nice list? The image of sixteenth-century Der Kinderfresser (‘the child eater’) is not dissimilar to the modern idea of Santa with large belly, large belt over a long coat, and large black boots, carrying a large… Continue reading Child Murderers within the wider Visual Culture of Infanticide and Cannibalism