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Nicholas Remy and the Trials in Lorraine

The territory of Lorraine is located on the border of France and Germany in the northeast of France. Although France officially annexed the territory in 1766, during the time of the witch trials, it was still an independent, French-speaking duchy. Compared to central and northern France, witch-hunts in the duchies of Lorraine and Franche-Comte, located […]

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The Parlement of Paris

The Parlement of Paris was a powerful, centralized court system located in Paris. It was also the court of appeals for the lower courts of much of the surrounding areas of northern France. Unlike some of the lower courts in more rural areas, the parlement was becoming increasingly regulated and aligning more and more with […]

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Witch Trials of Labourd, France (1609)

The region of Pays de Labourd was the site of the only official, mass witch-hunt in France during the early modern period. The hunt was initiated in 1609 when King Henry IV sent two officials from the Parlement of Bordeaux, Pierre de Lancre and Jean d’Espagnet, to investigate witchcraft in the area. However, de Lancre […]

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