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Lee Palmer Wandel: Witchcraft Trials

3 December 2009
The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village 
by Thomas Robisheaux.
Norton, 427 pp., £18.99, March 2009, 978 0 393 06551 0
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... up abruptly, her torso swelled, she became feverish, thirsty, and began to pass blood. Again and again she cried out: ‘O God! I must die!’ By midnight, she was dead. Anna Fessler’s death opens ThomasRobisheaux’s microhistory of a single trial for witchcraft in a small Franconian principality. The court barber-surgeon and bath master, called to examine the corpse, reported it distended and pale ...

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