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Margretha Bittelmayr's first attempt to construct a seduction narrative and Michael Hochenschildt's comments on his relationship with Hans Baur were placed in the context of shared meals or drink. One finds episodes of diabolical seduction mediated by idioms of sexual intercourse (fornication, adultery and prostitution), and accounts of harm by idioms of medical practice (midwifery and folk medicine). Beneath the gloss of demonology imposed by the witch commissioners, one can identify narratives of communal or social activity which evoke the same intimacy one encounters in the suspects' direct assessments of the state of their relationships with their denouncers and in their responses to direct confrontations with fellow witch-suspects. This chapter deals with narratives of the suspects. It also looks at the one event in the supposed experience of all witch-heretics which forced every suspect to confess through the idiom of feasting, the nocturnal gathering.

Keywords: feasting; Hans Baur; Margretha Bittelmayr; Michael Hochenschildt; shared drinking; shared meals; witch-heretics



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