The Expert

One of the main goals of my research on the the Zugarramurdi Witch-Hunt and el Quaderno is to supplement, deepen, or perhaps in some ways correct the scholarship of one Gustav Henningsen. Henningsen is the indisputable expert on the Zugarramurdi Witch-Hunt and Inquisitor Salazar, the “Witches’ Advocate.” In fact, one of Henningsen’s major works and perhaps his most popular monograph is titled exactly that, The Witches’ Advocate. Henningsen’s own goals are clear in all of his Zugarramurdi works: he means to uphold Salazar as an important initial skeptic of witchcraft and witchcraft trials.

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When the Museum is Wrong


A view of the village of Zugarramurdi from the mirador (look-out point) above the caves.

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Lost in Transcription

This is not actually a picture of my document. It is a trial record from the Archivo Diocesano de Pamplona. For reference, this is also a VERY nice legible hand.

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Undiscovered letters and the day-to-day of a tribunal facing witchcraft

I’m writing this third entry** on the Renfe train leaving the lovely Atocha train station for Pamplon, Spain. So I guess I’ll write about what I found in the Archivo Historico Nacional in Madrid (which I will call the AHN from now on)…

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Flying to the Witches

As I write this entry, I’m sitting on a Delta flight non-stop to Madrid. Luckily the plane seems to have few small annoying children; but surprisingly it is filled with Americans (specifically high-schoolers on trips to Spain) and few Spaniards.

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