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The 15th to eighteenth centuries was once a interval of witchcraft prosecutions all through Europe and smooth students have now dedicated a massive quantity of analysis to those episodes. This quantity will try to deliver this interact via summarising the historical past of the rigors in a brand new means - in line with the kinds of felony platforms concerned. different themes lined would be the persisted useful use made from magic, the elaboration of demonological theories approximately witchcraft and magic, and the additional improvement of clinical pursuits in usual magic during the 'Neoplatonic' and 'Hermetic' period.Amongst the themes integrated listed here are Superstition and trust in excessive and pop culture, where of medication, Witchcraft survivals in paintings and literature, and the survival of Persecution.
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As at Trier, there was a 'spillover effect' from Mainz into condominiums ruled jointly with secular lords and even into such Lutheran lands as Biidingen. In fact, the worst outbreak under Archbishop Adam von Bicken (1601-5) occurred in the condominium of Alzenau, comprising thirteen small villages east of Frankfurt which he ruled jointly with the Calvinist Counts of Hanau: in 40 months, no fewer than 139 witches (thirteen of them men) were burned at Alzenau - almost one adult in ten and one adult woman in every six.
32 Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Period of the Witch Trials We need to learn more about "witchcraft theory and legal practice in the Lutheran 'pilot-state' of electoral Saxony, which dominated the northcentral region as much as Bavaria dominated the Catholic south-east. We know Luther's response to witches executed at Wittenburg; we know the important precedent of Saxon legislation providing death penalties even for white magic in 1572; and we know the notorious boast of Saxony's most famous seventeenth-century jurist, Benedict Carpzov, about the severity of its witch trials.
Three years later, an appeal to the Reichshofrat by the city of Nuremberg on behalf of a prominent refugee from Bamberg, followed up by three Imperial orders and pressure from the College of Electors, culminated in the evocation of all Bamberg's Witch Trials in Continental Europe 1560-1660 33 witch trials to the emperor in 1631. Bamberg's bishop protested vigorously, but no longer dared imprison witches in the special prison he had built for that purpose. Next year, the Reichskammergericht sharply censured the Elector of Cologne when ruling in favour of a plaintiff accused of witchcraft, but could not curb Cologne's 'extirpation' programme.