Sunday, October 18, 2015

Woman convicted of witchcraft to get retrial 300 years on

Sketch of the Toldini execution by Aldo Ripamonti from the book I Brentonicani by Franco Ottaviani
When the council in Brentonico, an idyllic hamlet nestled in the foothills of the Italian alps, met two weeks ago, the usual debates over school autonomy and use of public land were temporarily shoved aside for a far more intriguing agenda item: whether a 60-year-old woman who was condemned to death as a witch nearly 300 years ago deserved to have another day in court.
Overwhelmingly, the council decided that she did. Full Guardian article here.