"The Root is Hidden and the Material Uncertain": the challenges of prosecuting witchcraft in early modern Venice.

@article{Seitz2009TheRI,
  title={"The Root is Hidden and the Material Uncertain": the challenges of prosecuting witchcraft in early modern Venice.},
  author={Jonathan Seitz},
  journal={Renaissance quarterly},
  year={2009},
  volume={62 1},
  pages={
          102-33
        }
}
The rich archival records of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Venice have yielded much information about early modern society and culture. The transcripts of witchcraft trials held before the Inquisition reveal the complexities of early modern conceptions of natural and supernatural. The tribunal found itself entirely unable to convict individuals charged with performing harmful magic, or maleficio, as different worldviews clashed in the courtroom. Physicians, exorcists, and inquisitors… CONTINUE READING