The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village

The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village


A younger mom dies in soreness. used to be it a ordinary dying, murder—or witchcraft?

at the evening of the festive vacation of Shrove Tuesday in 1672 Anna Fessler died after consuming considered one of her neighbor's buttery muffins. may well it were poisoned? Drawing on vibrant courtroom records, eyewitness bills, and an early post-mortem record, historian Thomas Robisheaux brings the tale to lifestyles. Exploring one in all Europe's final witch panics, he unravels why buddies and the courtroom magistrates grew to become confident that Fessler's neighbor Anna Schmieg used to be a witch—one of numerous within the area—ensnared via the satan. as soon as arrested, Schmieg, the spouse of the neighborhood miller, and her daughter have been stuck up in a high-stakes drama that resulted in fees of sorcery and witchcraft opposed to the complete kinfolk. Robisheaux indicates how usual occasions turned diabolical ones, major magistrates to torture and switch a daughter opposed to her mom. In so doing he portrays a complete global stuck among superstition and modernity.

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