The Astronomer and the Witch: Kepler’s Mother

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Professor Ulinka Rublack FBA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulinka_Rublack

https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/people/professor-ulinka-rublack-fba

https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/professor-ulinka-rublack

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 explored this astonishing story, and asked how the witch craze affected people’s lives.

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/content.gresham.ac.uk/data/binary/3582/2021-06-01-1800_RUBLACK_Kepler-T.pdf

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/content.gresham.ac.uk/data/binary/3583/2021-06-01-1800_RUBLACK_Kepler-P.pdf

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Astronomer-Witch-Johannes-Keplers-Mother/dp/0198736789/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+astronomer+and+the+witch&qid=1623962982&sr=8-1

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