IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 116: Magic, Witchcraft, and Reform: Discourse, Legislation, and Practice, I

Monday 13 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Georg Modestin, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Moderator/Chair:Georg Modestin, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Paper 116-aThe Heresy of Witchcraft in Western Switzerland and Dauphiné (15th Century)
(Language: English)
Kathrin Utz Tremp, Section d'histoire, Université de Lausanne
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities
Paper 116-bChurch Reform and Witch-Hunting in the Diocese of Lausanne: The Example of Bishop George of Saluzzo (1440-1461)
(Language: English)
Georg Modestin, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities
Paper 116-c'The sect of witches is the worst of all heresies!': French Demonologists, the Witches' Sabbath, and Church Reform (1430-1460)
(Language: English)
Martine Ostorero, Section d'histoire, Université de Lausanne
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities
Abstract

This session will explore transformations in European society and culture related to magic and the emergence of diabolical witchcraft in the 15th century, linking these developments to aspects of reform, itself understood as a broad category. The session will focus especially on legal and social aspects, with papers examining heresy in relation to witchcraft, the role of religious leaders in promoting witch hunting, and the role of civic leadership as well.