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The first child-witch in Rothenburg, 1587

taken leave of one another that night amicably. Matters went differently the next night, however, as the Hilgartshausen Gemeinde – all the male household heads, constituting the formal political community of the village – were gathered in the tavern for a communal drinking session. At the end of the evening Dolman had woken Stoll and told him that he should be helping to organise the settling of the bill. Stoll had reacted angrily, and possibly drunkenly, to this implied dereliction of duty, and accused Dolman of having called his wife a witch the night before. Dolman

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany