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The Source:

Josef Zukal:
"Magia posthuma auf der Herrschaft Groß-Herrlitz im 18. Jahrhunderte"
in: "Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kulturgeschichte Österreichisch-Schlesiens", Troppau, 1907/1908

The Case:

Perhaps it is not a lot that we get to hear about this case, but we are given a date and a location plus the name of the person who is suspected of 'magia posthuma'.

"Im Jahre 1725 meldet sich auch Eckersdorf mit der vermeintlichen Zauberin Katharina Benel (Dekret vom 19. Mai)."

which roughly translates into the following:

"In the year of 1725 there is a report from Eckersdorf about Katharina Benel, thought to be a sorceress (Decrete of 19 May)."

The Date:

We have been given the year of 1725 as the date.

The Place:

Eckersdorf has been renamed to Jakartovice, and can be found halfway between Bruntal and Opava

Possible Follow-Up:

It should not be too hard to find yourself a copy of Josef Zukal's short but interesting article which has much more information than you can find here.

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed August 2012

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