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The first child-witch in Rothenburg, 1587
Alison Rowlands

to investigate it threatened – albeit usually only fleetingly – to produce verdicts of guilt against alleged witches, and even to foster larger-scale episodes of witch-hunting. This happened for the first time in Rothenburg in 1587, when a six-year-old boy called Hans Gackstatt from the hinterland village of Hilgartshausen, told a tale of nocturnal flight to a witches’ dance which started an investigation of dubious legality and physical severity against his mother and himself from which other inhabitants of Hilgartshausen were not initially entirely safe. The

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
Gender and contemporary fantasies of witchcraft
Alison Rowlands

light of ideas about how witches were conceptualised which are gaining increasing currency within the historiography of early modern witchcraft. These ideas suggest that women were more likely to be accused of and confess to being witches because witches were predominantly imagined by contemporaries as the evil inverse of the good housewife and mother; as women who poisoned and harmed others rather than nurturing and caring for them. Diane Purkiss, for example, has argued for early modern England that ‘For women, a witch was a figure who could be read against and

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
The Catholic challenge during the Thirty Years’ War
Alison Rowlands

Anna, who threatened to beat her with a stick if she refused to answer, and then by the miller and his wife. In response, Margaretha claimed that she could not pray because Satan prevented her from so doing. He beat her whenever she wanted to say her prayers and had appeared to her in the mill in the guise of an ox, a piebald goat and a snail in order to reiterate his prohibition. Margaretha added that Ursula, the old midwife of Gebsattel, and her own mother, had also beaten her to stop her praying and had tried to teach her witchcraft before their recent deaths and

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
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Elizabeth Vandiver, Ralph Keen and Thomas D. Frazel

rumor was bruited 4 Introduction among Catholics that demons had seized Luther on his death-bed and dragged him off to Hell. There was also a long-standing slur (attributed to Cochlaeus) which held that Luther’s mother had been an attendant in a bathhouse, and the Reformer’s birth was the result of her coupling with a demon. Indeed, Luther’s birth was widely suspected to be illegitimate; perhaps to refute that allegation Melanchthon offers the evasive testimony of Luther’s mother, Margarethe, who protests that she can remember the day of Martin’s birth but not the

in Luther’s lives
Lara Apps and Andrew Gow

, whose care demanded the greatest attention and the highest qualifications.’ Stoeckhlin was married, and he and his wife had seven children,of whom only two survived infancy.He inherited his position as horse wrangler when his father went blind in 1567. His mother died in 1571, a year of famine. Stoeckhlin and his family were not wealthy, but they seem to have been comfortable: they had a house and were able to keep a cow in the

in Male witches in early modern Europe
witchcraft in the western Netherlands, 1850–1925
Willem de Blécourt

Kooijman in the river area east of Rotterdam can be supplemented by the research of Engelbert Heupers which covered the region of Het Gooi, east of Amsterdam. A woman from Huizen, for instance, told the collector about her parents’ experiences with the members of a witch family. A man from the same place, born in 1880, could remember stories from the time when his mother had still been a girl. 23 This may have been a strategy to

in Witchcraft Continued
mid-Victorian stories and beliefs
Susan Hoyle

forensic case attempted against Tunnicliff highlights the success of the forensic men in Stratford-on-Avon. In April 1856, the Charlesworths, four months married and already with a baby in the house, became convinced that they had been cursed by Thomas’s widowed mother, who had moved out a month earlier. The cheese would not set, and the dairymaid was ill. Charlesworth was advised to go to see James Tunnicliff ‘to take off the

in Witchcraft Continued
Laura Stark

farm mistresses occasionally performed sorcery to ‘break’ or ‘ruin’ the relationships their sons had formed with girls from poor families or those considered lazy, ill-tempered, sickly or unskilled. In a three-generational household, a new bride was also an important determinant of her mother-in-law’s future well-being. It was the daughter-in-law who would eventually usurp the older woman’s power and become mistress as the

in Witchcraft Continued
Sabina Magliocco

supernatural: they transform into animals; fly through the night sky on the backs of goats; tangle people’s hair in their sleep; steal milk from nursing mothers and livestock; suck blood from living beings; and torment their enemies by paralysing them in their beds at night. 11 By the nineteenth century, the legend of the walnut tree of Benevento (near Naples) as a gathering place for witches was well known throughout much of the peninsula. Folkloric

in Witchcraft Continued
Slander and speech about witchcraft
Alison Rowlands

concentrated as much on the fact that mother and daughter were part of a troublesome family, whose members quarrelled, cursed, blasphemed and slandered one another, as it did on their alleged witchcraft. Moreover, Appolonia’s other daughter, Appolonia junior (about whom suspicions of witchcraft had also been raised), and the latter’s husband, Leonhardt Bretner, were also imprisoned, interrogated under threat of torture and banished along with Appolonia senior and Anna, for having frequently insulted their mother and sister as witches in the context of a bitter dispute over

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany