Winning caption: “Late fees are ten flaming lashes per day.” – Jo Nixon
Image source: Francesco Maria Guazzo’s Compendium Maleficarum, 1608.
Background information: Francesco Maria Guazzo had a reputation for being an expert exorcist and authority on witches and warlocks in the early modern period; He even purportedly healed some “bewitched” high-ranking European nobles like the Cardinal Charles of Lorraine and Bishop Eric of Verdun. He used these experiences as the basis for what he wrote in the Compendium Maleficarum. It went on to be considered one of the most trustworthy and definitive books about witchcraft in the seventeenth century, a time that saw the production of a number of such books, including one by James I.