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Identity, Memory, Self-fashioning: Narratives of Non-confession in the Witch-trial of Margaretha Horn, 1652

Rowlands, Alison (2020) 'Identity, Memory, Self-fashioning: Narratives of Non-confession in the Witch-trial of Margaretha Horn, 1652.' Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 14 (3). 336 - 370. ISSN 1556-8547

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Abstract

This article focuses on the trial of Margaretha Horn, a sixty-two year old peasant woman arrested for witchcraft in 1652 in the German region of Franconia. At the heart of the trial lay two competing narratives about Margaretha's identity: one begun by her neightbor, Leonhard Gackstatt about Margaretha being a harming witch; the other, maintained by Margaretha, that she was not. I show how Margaretha used a range of cultural resources and narrative strategies to define herself as not a witch. I also argue that we can interpret her testimony as doing memory work relating to her experience of the Thirty Years War, and as an example of early modern self-fashioning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: magic, witch, witchcraft accusation, witch trial, sweeping-out ritual, flea-swarm, angel, angelic visitation, prophecies, story, narrative, identity, self-fashioning, Margaretha Horn, Protokollmitschriften
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 15:53
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24897

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