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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Sex with the Devil, toad birthing, and a torn tribunal in Northern Spain…

I’m new to blogs, so I’ll just give this my best stab… My name is Meredith Howard, and I am a Dintersmith Fellow who is studying Spanish witchcraft during the early modern era. I will be reading my eyes out in Swem during my summer stay on campus…AND going to Spain for about two weeks to transcribe more materials for my thesis. My research is supported by Ted Dintersmith, an alumnus of the College who somehow managed to complete two honor theses as a senior, and who has thoughtfully continued to support scholars at the College. I’ll be a senior history major next year, so all of the work I’m able to complete this summer will *hopefully* set me up to enjoy my senior year a little on top of composing my thesis.

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