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Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

In the German town of Nördlingen in 1593, an innkeeper named Maria Höll found herself accused of witchcraft. She was arrested for questioning, and denied the charges. She continued to insist she wasn’t a witch through 62 rounds of torture before her accusers finally released her. Rebekka Lemp, accused a few years earlier in the …

The world’s most mysterious book – Stephen Bax

The world’s most mysterious book – Stephen Bax

Deep inside Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies the only copy of a 240-page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its vellum pages features looping handwriting and hand-drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. Real and imaginary plants, floating castles, bathing women, astrology diagrams, zodiac rings, and suns and moons with …

Witchcraft: Crash Course European History #10

Witchcraft: Crash Course European History #10

Hi I’m John Green and this is Crash Course European History. So, in the first episode of this series, we talked about the significance of the year 1431. Remember, that was the year Joan of Arc was burned to death for heresy and witchcraft because the English were so bewildered that a teenage peasant girl …