The Astronomer and the Witch: Kepler’s Mother

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In 1615 Katharina Kepler, illiterate mother of the astronomer Johannes Kepler, was accused of being a witch. 

At that time in Germany, there was a witch ‘craze’. Over half of the c.50,000 executions in Europe for witchcraft between 1500 and 1700 took place in Germany. During the next 6 years Katharina fought her accusation. 

The astronomer took over her legal defence in 1620. This lecture explores this astonishing story, and asks how the witch craze affected people’s lives.

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This event was on Tue, 01 Jun 2021


Ulinka Rublack FBA

Ulinka is a German historian and academic and is a professor in early modern European history and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.

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