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This chapter presents a narrative of diabolical seduction produced during the Eichstätt witch persecutions. Margretha Bittelmayr's second account of her seduction into the witch sect, for example, was occasioned by her experiences with her bed-partner Anna, but completed by the Devil in the form of her future husband Jacob. Adultery provided an alternative, although less frequently used, context within which a suspect could begin to construct a narrative of diabolical seduction. Prostitution was the setting for the seduction of Anna Harding. Harding began her account of her seduction by the Devil by naming three priests with whom she had had sex over the past eighteen years. Keith Thomas's observation that it cannot have been a frequent crime should be considered in the context of Liliequist's study of bestiality in early modern Sweden. His research shows that in some places and at some times, the crime was widely prosecuted.

Keywords: adultery; bestiality; diabolical seduction; Eichstätt; prostitution; sexual relations; witch sect



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