Description/notes on Brenda Stumpf's piece titled Devices:
Watercolor, charcoal and plaster on paper

A visitor to Wolfenbuttel, Germany in 1590 observed this: There were so many stakes to burn the witches that the place of execution resembled a small forest. An executioner of the wholesale witch burnings of Neisse in Silesia invented an oven where in a year he roasted to death 42 women and young girls. Within nine years, he had roasted over 1,000, including children two to four years old.

-- Walker, Barbara G., The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1983. Pages 444-445.


from The Inquisition, released October 31, 2019


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