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Witchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg, 1561-1652

Alison Rowlands


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 examining the rich legal records of the German city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a city that experienced a very restrained pattern of witch-trials and just one execution for witchcraft between 1561 and 1652. The book explores the factors that explain the absence of a ‘witch-craze’ in Rothenburg, placing particular emphasis on the interaction of elite and ... More

Keywords: witchcraft, witch-trials, witch-crazes, early modern Europe, legal records, execution, Rothenburg, alleged witches, accusations, confessions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719052590
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719052590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Rowlands, author