The Devil was to have come to sinners and promised to teach them magic if they renounced Christianity and stopped going to church and confession; they paid him taxes and he did not demand any worshipping. The condemned was tied upon a ladder with a wooden crucifix in their arms and a bag of gunpowder around their neck. The ladder was then tipped into the burning stake. Some were instead decapitated before being burned. Many were tortured to death but their bodies were burned at the stake nonetheless.
The property of the executed was given to their family only if they could swear to have been unaware of the sorcery; otherwise it went to the nobility, who paid for the executions of their vassals. When Fründ wrote his document in 1430, 100 or 200 people had been executed but the persecutions were to continue until 1447. It’s hard to know the exact number of victims by that time. Unlike later trials, about as many men as women are believed to have been killed.
In 1390-1391, about the time that the trials of Sibilia and Pierina were going on in Italy, there were two of significance at Paris. The Paris trials, unlike the Italian, were centered on maleficium rather than on the wild ride, but similar efforts were made to transform magic into something more hideous. At Paris, these labors were carried out entirely by the secular authority, the bases being heard by the court of the provost and then appealed to the Parlement. The Inquisition was in no way involved. The first trial was held July 30, 1390. In the dock were 2 women, Margot de la Barre, called Coingnet, a woman of the lowest class who wandered from village to village with prostitutes and was reputed to have magical powers; and Marion la Droituriere, a woman of somewhat higher station. Marion had been jilted by her lover, who had gone off to marry another woman, and Marion called upon Margot to help her get revenge by magically rendering the man impotent with his wife. This was simple maleficium, but after they were tortured, both women were more forthcoming: Margot admitted calling up the Devil with the words, “Enemy, I conjure you, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit that you come to me here.* Thereupon a demon appeared “in the shape that demons take in Passion plays,” except that he did not have horns. Both Margot and Marion were burnt at the stake by order of the provost.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. II
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The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
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Kicked Out Of Heaven Vol. II: The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700-1700 a.d. is a 3 volume series that will be released one by one. This book details everything about European society and mentality. In this edition you will find these facts: Alcoholism & The Blue Devils, Insanity & Lead Poisoning, Ergot (LSD) Hallucinations, The Sweating Sickness & Leprosy, The Tobacco Enema & Leeches, The Defloration Mania, The Dancing Mania, The Black Death, The Gravediggers & Body Snatchers, Jews Poisoning the Wells, Millions of Deaths, Folklore & Superstition, Magic Mirrors & Crystal Balls, Witches Dancing in Baby Blood, Pants Made of Human Skin, Necromancy & Ghost Armies, Attacks from The Undead, Lycanthropy & Were-Wolves, Multiple Cases of Vampires, Who is Satan, Lucifer & The Devil!
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