Witchcraft, Germany : Margaretha Horber 's Tale Of Witchcraft

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Witchcraft Narratives in Germany: Rothenburg, 1561-1652, is a collection of witchcraft narrative literature that took place in Rothenburg, Germany by Alison Rowlands. Margaretha Horber’s Tale of Witchcraft written in 1627 serves as an example of one account of a person who would be accused of being a witch due to her deviance against social as well as religious norms. Already we see this theme of individuals in society changing their attitudes towards another for minor infractions. As the story goes, “Margaretha did not make the progress in religious instructions her guardians had hoped for. On the contrary, she seemed incapable of fulfilling her pious obligations adequately.” As one may learn from this statement alone, individuals in a Rothenburg, and many other societies for that matter, were to meet a certain standard in term of religious knowledge. Deviating from the norm would perhaps have influenced her accusers greatly. However, as this source will illustrate, perhaps another factor influencing her accusers was the fact that this particular society may have in fact been experiencing turmoil. As history has often illustrated, when a society is experiencing difficult times, it may look to a scapegoat to take out pent up frustration, or possibly to explain the difficult circumstances. According to this source, during the Thirty Years’ War between 1621 and 1631 it is likely that Margaretha Horber’s parents, who died in early 1626, fell victim to an outbreak of plague

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