The Trial of Tempel Anneke

Records of a Witch Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663, Second Edition

Author: Peter A. Morton

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442634871

Category: History

Page: 240

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Consisting of direct translations of the trial testimony, The Trial of Tempel Anneke allows readers to follow a witchcraft trial from beginning to end.
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The Trial of Tempel Anneke

Records of a Witchcraft Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663

Author: Peter Alan Morton,Barbara Dähms

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781551117065

Category: History

Page: 174

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"This is a fascinating and important book." - Moshe Sluhovsky, California State University, Long Beach
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The Bedevilment of Elizabeth Lorentz

Author: Peter A. Morton

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 144263491X

Category: History

Page: 144

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Elizabeth Lorentz was a young maid servant in early modern Germany who believed herself to be tormented by the devil, and who was eventually brought to trial in 1667. The trial grappled with the question of whether Lorentz was a willing accomplice of the devil or suffering from melancholy as a result of her previous sins. To provide readers with historical context, Morton includes an introduction to the early modern issues of demonic pact, possession, and spiritual melancholy, and as a supplement, a contemporary record of demonic possession of another young woman. The Bedevilment of Elizabeth Lorentz provides excellent insight into the complexities of Protestant attitudes to melancholy and the Devil, and into the circumstances of young women in early modern Europe.
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Embracing the Darkness

A Cultural History of Witchcraft

Author: John Callow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1786732610

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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As dusk fell on a misty evening in 1521, Martin Luther - hiding from his enemies at Wartburg Castle - found himself seemingly tormented by demons hurling walnuts at his bedroom window. In a fit of rage, the great reformer threw at the Devil the inkwell from which he was preparing his colossal translation of the Bible. A belief - like Luther's - in the supernatural, and in black magic, has been central to European cultural life for 3000 years. From the Salem witch trials to the macabre novels of Dennis Wheatley; from the sadistic persecution of eccentric village women to the seductive sorceresses of TV's Charmed; and from Derek Jarman's punk film Jubilee to Ken Russell's The Devils, John Callow brings the twilight world of the witch, mage and necromancer to vivid and fascinating life. He takes us into a shadowy landscape where, in an age before modern drugs, the onset of sudden illness was readily explained by malevolent spellcasting. And where dark, winding country lanes could terrify by night, as the hoot of an owl or shriek of a fox became the desolate cries of unseen spirits.Witchcraft has profoundly shaped the western imagination, and endures in the forms of modern-day Wicca and paganism. Embracing the Darkness is an enthralling account of this fascinating aspect of the western cultural experience.
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