The end of Würzburg witch trials

This day in 1631 marks the end of the Würzburg Witch Trials, with the death of Prince Bishop of Würzburg, Philipp Adolf von Ehrenberg. The trials have been considered one of the biggest mass executions in Europe during peacetime killing over 900 people in areas under the bishop’s control between 1626-1631. Leading this hysteria von Ehrenberg burnt men, women, and children at stake, including his nephews, seven of his offspring, and nineteen priests, believing they had, conducted intercourse with demons. No one was safe from charges including nobleman, mayors, etc. Upon his death in 1631 the city was taken over by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden ending the trials.