Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
This thesis examined Cologne during the years that witchcraft persecution was the highest in the city, from 1627-1662. By using a microhistorical approach on primary sources it found that strained relationships were the chief causes of the accusations. This thesis also discovered that in Cologne, at least, all of those under the age of 30 confessed to witchcraft while all of those above the age of 30 denied the accusations. It did this by both statistical analysis of the questions asked of the accused as well as in depth analysis of the answers that the accused gave their judges.
McGee, Megan E., "Cologne During the Witch Hunts, 1627--1662" (2011). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 785.