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The Witches of Lorraine$
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Robin Briggs

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198225829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198225829.001.0001

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Saint‐Dié and its Region

Saint‐Dié and its Region

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The Witches of Lorraine

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This chapter focuses on witchcraft trials in the Saint-Dié region. The region was more of a patchwork of micro-regions where witchcraft trials were concerned, each following a subtly different rhythm, and with fairly minimal links between them. The persecution appears to have related far more to very local factors and initiatives than to any clear impulsion from the centre. Although the readiness of the various courts to convict was clearly vital in sustaining the flow of accusations, there is little reason to see them, or any other official agency, as the prime movers behind a phenomenon that was so deeply rooted in the dynamics of village society. The exceptional intensity of persecution in this upland zone therefore remains something of a mystery, because the rather facile explanations in terms of tensions between different overlords turn out to be so unconvincing.

Keywords:   witchcraft, trials, persecution, Saint-Dié, village society

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