9.2   ULRICH MOLITAR

Ulrich was a pioneer in the study of sorcery and witchcraft.  He was a professor at the University of Constance.    In 1489 he published, De Lamiis et Pythonicis Mulieribus, one of the first scholarly books on the subject.   Within it is contained the first picture depicting a witch riding atop a broomstick (a myth that would be come exceedingly popular in time). 

Though the work is well meant, and provides as much insight as can be expected from a work of that time period, Ulrich's text is fraught with errors and false conclusions.  He has a tendency to link sorcery and witchcraft, considering them two side of the same coin.  This opinion could not be farther from the truth.


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