The sequence of events that unfolded in Freiburg can be found in studies of witch-hunts across the region. It stereotypically ran as follows: after a long period of ideological formation, trials begin gradually. Initially, they overwhelmingly involve women who fall into the cliché of being poor, old and living on their own. During the hunt’s climax, suspicion is cast on members of all social classes - a development that piques widespread concern in the corridors of local power. Children are then accused, or they confess themselves. Finally, the number of men implicated rises dramatically. This development triggers a collapse in the judiciary’s zeal for further investigations. In the case of Freiburg, the witch concept was so clearly directed on women that it was some time before men came under suspicion.
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