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The abuse of authority

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This chapter discusses the investigation into the treatment of one Eichstätt witch-suspect, Maria Mayr, by her warders; it began in November 1618. The investigation into Mayr's treatment in the town hall was prefaced by her report on the afternoon of 20 November 1618 that one of the watchers, the Schneider, went into the quarters of Kunigunda Pronner who had since been executed. This event happened during the night, but Mayr did not know for what reason. The telling of this episode allowed her to fulfil a promise made to Kunigunda that when she was called in to the commissioners she should report to them that they did an injustice to her, Kunigunda, that 'the doctor tortured her so hard that she had to confess that which she had not committed'.

Keywords: Eichstätt witch-suspect; Georg Mayr; Maria Mayr; warders' abuses oftheir positions; witchcraft



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