Know Thyself 40: The Witches of Trier


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By Noel Armstrong. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

For this episode I call an audible based on information I came across researching other topics.

From 1581 to 1593 the city and surrounding villages of Trier, Germany were the scene of the greatest, worst, deadliest witch trials in European history.

Powerful and weak, old and young, rich and poor became fuel for the pyres of Archbishop von Schonenberg and Bishop Binsfield.

So many people died that the executioner became the equivalent of a multi-millionaire, while crops failed and two villages were left with only ONE woman alive in each.

Are witch trials the worst thing humans have ever perpetrated upon each other? After this episode, you might change your opinion.

Cover Art: Oz by Ian Armstrong

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