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Alison Rowlands

Rothenburg councillors gradually acquired a hinterland which became the fourth largest rural territory governed by a city in the early modern Empire. Covering about 400 square kilometres, it had 10,000–11,000 inhabitants living in 118 villages varying in size from tiny settlements like Hummertsweiler, with three households, to Gebsattel, the largest village, with eighty households. Most of these people were peasants, but the hinterland also contained rural craftsmen, blacksmiths, millers and parish clergymen. In 1430 the council had a barrier of hedges and ditches

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany