Plagues, Poisons And Potions: Plague Spreading Conspiracies in the Western Alps c.1530-1640

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With the 16th and 17th Century outbreaks of the Plague, came the arrests and executions of many hospital workers who were accused of conspiring to spread the disease. Plagues, Poisons and Potions contains a detailed study of this fascinating phenomenon associated with the Plague. It examines the courts and the part played by torture, as well as considering the socio-economic conditions of the workers, highlighting an early modern form of 'class warfare'.

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With the 16th and 17th Century outbreaks of the Plague, came the arrests and executions of many hospital workers who were accused of conspiring to spread the disease. Plagues, Poisons and Potions contains a detailed study of this fascinating phenomenon associated with the Plague. It examines the courts and the part played by torture, as well as considering the socio-economic conditions of the workers, highlighting an early modern form of 'class warfare'.

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Using extensive research of local archives and trial records, Naphy (history, U. of Aberdeen, UK) has reconstructed the ugly history in the western Alps, especially in Geneva, of widespread conspiracy theories about women who were presented as spreading the plague in order to plunder the homes of the infected. The victims of the conspiracy theories were mainly immigrant women who worked with the barber-surgeons to care for the sick and who were then tortured and killed as witches. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Williams G. Naphy is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Series editor's foreword
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
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Introduction 1
1 Geneva, plague and the first conspiracy 8
2 The magistrates and plague, 1542-46 44
3 The conspirators of 1545 67
4 The magistrates and plague, 1567-72 108
5 The conspirators of 1571 128
6 Spreading the phenomenon 158
Conclusion 197
App. 1 Households infected with plague, 1542-46 202
App. 2 Genevan medical practictioners, 1536-46 204
App. 3 Accused engraisseurs, 1543-46 206
App. 4 Magisterial participation, 1545-46 trials 210
App. 5 Individuals accused of witchcraft, 1543-46 212
App. 6 Geneva's plague workers, 1614-15 213
App. 7 Milan's plague spreaders: the witnesses 215
Bibliography 218
Index 231
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