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Sabine Doering-Manteuffel and Stephan Bachter

Dresdner Gelehrte Anzeiger newspaper printed articles discussing variously how to make an alcoholic spirit out of carrots, the importance of hour-glasses for pulpits in Protestant churches, and how the internal make-up of a pine-tree caterpillar was structured. A wealth of discourses materialised which may seem faintly ridiculous today, but which symbolised the Enlightenment sense of intellectual exploration, and the overwhelming urge to explain rather than just accept.22 This is well illustrated by the published exchanges between a spice trader named Tobias Conrad Hoppe

in Beyond the witch trials