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December :: 2014 :: History 229: The Age of the Witch Hunts

Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tereshka Malakurov

Tereshka Malakurov was a notable figure in the Lukh trials. He was one of the first to be accused, likely due to his well-known presence in the town as a magical healer. In the interrogation prior to torture, he denied bewitching anyone as well as healing the sick with supernatural power. Upon his first round of […]

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Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga (or Baba Iaga) was a prominent figure in Slavic Folklore. The first image of her is believed to have arisen around 1755 in Mikhail Lomonosov’s Russian Grammar. It is important to note that descriptions of her vary, and her image and nature are ambiguous. Most often she is depicted as an old and […]

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Szyszynko, Poland

In 1691, the noble Zbierzchowski brothers invited the wojt, or governor of a group of villages, and the jury of the Kleczew court to their village. They wished to hold the trial of Jadwiga Wieczorkowa and another woman who stood accused of bewitching their mother. However, the party deemed there was insufficient evidence and left […]

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Kalisz, Poland

In 1584, at the beginning of the period of Polish witch hunts, Elzbieta of Tyniec, appeared before court under accusations of being an incantatrix or witch. She was a married female servant who was accused of using witchcraft to increase the milk output of her cows. She claimed to have learned from Christian citizens a […]

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Lublin, Poland

In 1631, townswoman pani (or Lady) Michalowa wanted to prepare a ritual bath in herb-infused water to heal her child of consumption. So, she asked pani Deczowaska if she knew of any remedies. Pani Deczowaska advised her to purchase a shilling’s worth of beef from a yearling cow, boil it with herbs, and wash the […]

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Slomniki, Poland

In 1674 the peasant woman, Dorota Pilecka, was accused of witchcraft by Krystyna Danielecka who was being interrogated with torture under the suspicion of witchcraft. Dorota was a peasant woman and the wife of the village cobbler. She stood accused of trading Krysyna some peas and turnips for butter. However, after the exchange, the remaining […]

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Originally named Osriaghe, Ossory is a region in south-central Ireland that included the majority of County Kilkenny and a portion of County Laois.  The first people of Ossory most likely were forced to migrate from Munster, a southern region of Ireland. Ossory contains various districts, many of which changed their names throughout Ossory’s history. The […]

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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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County Kilkenny

Kilkenny, perhaps the largest portion of Ossory, was reported to have a large amount of heretics, mainly as sorcerers and magic users. When Bishop Ledrede visited Kilkenny in 1324 and heard word about this he immediately set out to rid his diocese of these practices. Witchcraft was labeled a heresy around the 9th century, and […]

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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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