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Witchcraft in Poland: Milk and Malefice

Michael Ostling

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Witchcraft in Poland: Milk and             Malefice

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This article discusses the history of witchcraft in Poland. There were at least 867 known witch-trials and at least 558 accused witches in the Polish Crown between 1511 until the abolition of witchcraft as a capital crime in 1776. Given the preliminary state of scholarship on Polish witch-trials, and the poor state of the Polish archives – nearly 80 per cent of the records of the Central Archives of Old Records were deliberately burnt by the Nazis in the dying days of the Second World War – these numbers must be treated as minimum figures only.

Keywords: witchcraft prosecutions; witch trials; witches

Article.  7647 words. 

Subjects: History ; European History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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