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Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender, and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany

Laura Kounine


This book explores levels of personhood through witch trials in early modern Germany. Witchcraft was not a uniquely female crime; a significant minority of those tried for witchcraft in the Holy Roman Empire were men. Concepts of witchcraft also centred on the notion that emotions could have deadly physical consequences. Not all suspicions led to formal accusations, nor did all trials lead to the stake; just over half of those tried for witchcraft in early modern Europe were executed. To understand how early modern people imagined the witch, we must examine how people understood themselves and ... More

Keywords: witchcraft, gender, emotion, selfhood, early modern, Germany, Europe, identity, crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Kounine, author
Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Sussex