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Val Camonica Witch-Trials

Two large-scale witch-hunts also occurred in Val Camonica, a small, remote and mountainous area then under the republic of Venice.  While part of the Venice, Val Camonica was entirely different than and isolated from Venetian society. An educated local observer in 1518 wrote an account on the witch-trials that occurred in this area and described […]

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Giovanni Pico and Humanists’ Skeptical Approach to Witchcraft

Mirandola was the birthplace of Giovanni Pico. He was an Italian Renaissance thinker who spent most of his life traveling to Florence and Rome. He published many works, including “Oration on the Dignity of Man” (1486) in which he justified the importance of the human quest for knowledge within a Neoplatonic framework. He espoused the […]

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The Inquisition of Como

The case of Inquisition of Como (Lombardy) is one of the first and large-scale witch-hunt that occurred in Italy. While the trial documents were likely destroyed, but these trials are admirably mentioned in the Malleus Maleficarum multiple times. Heinrich Kramer describes how, “The Inquisitor of Como in the space of one year, which was the […]

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Florentine Trials of Love magic

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence embodied the virtues of the cultural movement. Throughout the Renaissance, the city remained at the center and became one of the largest and most economically successful cities in Europe. While few witch-trials occurred in Florence, there were multiple cases of love-magic during the late 14th century. Trial records […]

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