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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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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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Witchcraft Panic in the Bishopric of Basel, 1670

During the spring of 1670 in the Franches-Montagnes district of the Bishopric of Basel, three old women assaulted a man who disturbed them. The women claimed to have mistaken him for the Devil, and he thought he had interrupted a witch’s sabbat. The old women were already suspected of causing possessing in some children and drying […]

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1634 Witchcraft Panic in Fribourg

 In 1634 in Fribourg, a woman named Mya Varmey was arrested and tortured using a strappado- in which one’s hands are tied behind one’s back and then suspended from the ceiling by them. She confessed to witchcraft and accused several other people, four of which were then arrested. Two of those four, Catherine des Arbines […]

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Case of Maksimko Ivanov

Valeria Kivelson describes one of the most sensational cases of spirit invocation involving a suspect of non-Russian ethnicity, which was one of the largest groups of people accused of witch craft in Russia. “Maksimko Ivanov, for instance, a self-proclaimed healer, was charged with calling demons to tell him ‘what is going on 100 versts away, […]

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Kilkenny Courthouse and Trial

The Kilkenny courthouse, also known as Grace’s Castle or Grace’s Courthouse, held the witch trial in 1324 against Alice Kyteler and acquaintances, and today is a major tourist attraction in Kilkenny. Although there was much opposition to Bishop Ledrede’s arrest requests, Ledrede did succeed in bringing William Outlaw and Alice’s maid, Petronilla de Midia, to […]

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The Peelland Witch Trials

(From Google Maps) In 1595 in the Dutch province of Peelland, there was a series of witch trials that resulted in 19 recorded executions – all women burned at the stake. The witch panic swept through the three adjacent towns of Mierlo, Asten, and Lierop. The only executions occurred in Mierlo and Lierop: the first […]

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Dirrick Wonnen and the Nijkerk Bewitchments

In 1549 in Nijkerk, A woman named Dirrick Wonnen was accused of stealing the umbilical chord from a baby to conduct magical “tricks.” A man named Jacob Lange accused her of this crime, and the people of Nijkerk believed that a witch could conduct a crime just by looking at a victim. Dirrick Wonnen’s “crime” […]

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Trial In Lukh

In Russia, accusations of witchcraft were made by petitioning the local town governor, and in the autumn of 1657, the town of Lukh came up with a number of petitions due to the affliction of the townspeople’s wives. They were apparently afflicted with a form of magical bewitchment called klikushestvo, which is translated as “shrieking” […]

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