Highroad to the Stake: A Tale of Witchcraft by Michael Kunze
Thoughts Before Reading:
I had to read this for my class on Early Modern Europe, but didn’t.
I know. Since I couldn’t return it I decided to just hold on to it and read it later.
This book is the account of the Pappenheimers family. This unit of five-father Paulus; mother Anna; sons Jacob (sometimes called Michel), Gumpprecht, and Hoel (sometimes called Hansel). They were a lower class family that moved around like gypsies.
An arrested thief named them as his conspirators in murdering pregnant women and called them witches. They were arrested and taken to Munich.
There they were tortured and accused of committing over hundreds of thefts and murders, basically any unsolved crime.
Michael Kunze gives a deatailed account of life in the 17th century, and a detailed account of the horror of the witch hunts and trials.
Thoughts After Reading:
I have tried to read this book five times and barely make it out of the first few chapters.
It is so dense and I just can’t connect to the work. I’m not sure if it is his style or maybe the translation, but after the fifth time trying to read it; I just kissed it goodbye.
For more nonfiction, go to The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower
For more books featuring witches, go to The Witch Hunter’s Tale
For more books I read for class, go to The Midwife’s Tale
For more book reviews, go to Beyond the Grave: A Choose Your Own Ending Mystery Adventure