Witchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg 1561-1652

TitleWitchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg 1561-1652
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsRowlands, Alison
Number of Pages248
CityNew York, United States

Given the widespread belief in witchcraft and the existence of laws against such practices, why did witch trials fail to gain momentum and escalate into "witch-crazes" in certain parts of early modern Europe? This book answers this question by focussing on the exceptionally rich legal records of the German city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This city is significant in that it experienced a very restrained pattern of witch trials--with just one execution for witchcraft--between 1561 and 1652.

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