Scene of some of the cruelest witch trials in German history was the principality of Bamberg. Under the reign of the Prince-Bishop Gottfried Johann Georg II Fuchs von Dorn home, at least six hundred people were burned as witches in the years 1623 1633. The persecution began under Bishop Johann Gottfried von Aschhausen, the "witch bishop", who reigned 16091622 about Bamberg and was responsible for about three hundred suspected witches were sent to their deaths. Johann Georg II reinforced the campaign. He sat under the Suffragan Bishop Friedrich Förner an organization to witch hunt and had special prisons for the suspects build. He sat down ruthlessly on legal regulations of time. The suspects of witchcraft were often left on the details of the indictment in the dark, and many were denied legal representation, which in their defense could occur. Once in prison, had a suspect but little chance to escape the death penalty.
, the processes were often superficial, and there are reports of a victim, Anna Hansen, who has been out just three weeks after her Arrestierung to execution. Many prominent citizens fled from the principality or died as victims of the witch hunt. Your property is used to pay the costs of the process, the torture and execution. What is left of loving possession, went to the bishop. Dr. Georg Hahn, the Chancellor of Bamberg, was one of the few who dared to put this policy into question, and he was tortured and burned in 1628 as punishment for his complaint together with his wife and daughter at the stake. From the confessions obtained under torture confession of the Registrar five mayors were concerned, their fate was with the accusation that they had committed crimes such as sexual intercourse with demons and be ridden on black dogs to witches sabbath, sealed. Want refugees from Bamberg to Emperor Ferdinand II, to influence the courts of the Prince-Bishop were useless because the bishop ignored all appeals for moderation.
A hideous aspect of the Bamberg witch trials was the extensive use of torture. The questioner turned a variety of procedures in order to extract confessions, including the Spanish boots, cold baths, the forced eating of salted herring, the immersion in boiling water, which was mixed with lime, the wounding of the neck with a rope, kneeling on the prayer stool - a spiked board - sitting on a heated iron chair, the scorching of the skin in armpits and groin with submerged in sulfur burning feathers, flogging, entrapment in the floor - which was specially occupied with iron spikes to the to increase pain - the ladder, the raising and applying the thumbscrews. On the way to his execution, the other guilty declared witches torments were suspended; them to cut off the right hand, or rent the convicted women with red-hot pincers breasts.
Finally, the outrage over the persecution was so strong that saw itself obliged the emperor 163o harder to fight against the prince-bishop. The reports on the procedures were reviewed and instructed the Bamberg courts to express the charges and to entitle the accused the assistance of a legal adviser. Although the confiscation of property was prohibited, but the use of torture continued to be allowed, and the atmosphere of terror in the region gave way only when Bishop Förner died the following year. In 1631 there were no executions for witchcraft in Bamberg, and in 1632 finally ended the death of the witch-hating Bishop of Bamberg the persecution.

The witch trial records of the Bamberg State Library

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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