Highroad to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft
Michael Kunze

University Of Chicago Press, 1987. AS NEW IN DUST JACKET. Hardcover. 424 pp. Fascinating study of the accusation, trial and execution in the year 1600 of a vagrant Bavarian family for being "in league with the Devil". A history written in the from of a novel, it tells of a routine, relatively unimportant local arrest that ecalated into a ducal matter, highlighting the superstitions and fears of the populace. The family was ultimately charged with hundreds of crimes, tortured until they confessed to things they never did, and were burned at the stake. While the novel-like format provides a forum for the feelings of the people involved, the book is firmly based on painstaking reecords preserved in Bavarian archives. As New Hardcover 9780226462110 (Item ID: E16500)


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