This article explores the Bamburg Witch Craze from the point of view of the frost that devastated the wine harvest. The author uses the incident, which destroyed the crop that was vital to the local economy, to infer how this explainable natural disaster was interpreted to mean that the community had come under threat from super natural forces. The author finds that cases of witchcraft were more lethal depending on what type of community the accused lived in (i.e. urban vs. rural) and in what time period the trial occurred.

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