Case studies of witchcraft trials
in Pobečví region till the recatholization Cover Image

Některé případy čarodějnictví na Pobečví do období rekatolizace
Case studies of witchcraft trials in Pobečví region till the recatholization

Author(s): Jan Štěpán
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Modern Age
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
Keywords: witchcraft trials; witch; witchcraft; magic; protestant communities; recatholization

Summary/Abstract: A paper presents several case studies on witchcraft and magic from vicinity ofBečva from 1531–1636. These examples are connected with protestant communities fromPřerov owned by masters from Pernštejn, a town of Lipnik on the river Bečva (owned bythe protestant prince Jerzy Starszy Bruntálski – Jerzy Older of Bruntal), and a town ofHranice na Moravě (ruled by Jan from Kunovice). All presented practices are an immanent part of a tradition considering magic as tool to cause damages and injuries to people,animals, or properties in attempt to gain personal advantages or to take revenge. As a result, all spells were considered as protecting livestock against wolfs, or causing scarcity, badweather, death of a number of people, misfortune, or improve quantity of a milk yield, etc.Moreover, two among discussed case studies demonstrate accusations of witchcraft andexamples of alleged magic. It is worth stressing, that analysed historical sources are veryrare, as most of protestant sources from the period had been destroyed during the processof recatholization. It needs to be noticed, however, that presented cases are identical withcases known from catholic communities.

  • Issue Year: 53/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 151-162
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Czech