The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler (Paperback)
A Contemporary Account (1324)
This work, the contemporary Narrative of the 1324 Sorcery Proceedings against Alice Kyteler (of Kilkenny, Ireland), is a document of extraordinary importance: It is the first recorded instance of a woman being accused of having gained the power of witchcraft through sexual intercourse with the Devil - a charge which became standard in later European witchcraft trials. It is also the first recorded instance of a person being executed for heresy in Ireland. Both the definition of the crime and the confliuct it provoked between ecclesiastical and secular authorities shed important light on the relationship between canon and civil law at the time. This book provides the first translation into a modern language of the 14th century Latin text. The introduction places the work in its historical context; the extensive notes provide rich detail about that context. Documents relevant to the case are provided in appendices.