Angéle de la Barthe (c. 1230–1275) was a prosperous woman of Toulouse, France who was tried for witchcraft and condemned to death by the Inquisition in 1275. She has been popularly portrayed as the first person to be put to death for heretical sorcery during the medieval witch persecutions.
She was accused by Inquisitor Hugo de Beniols of having sexual intercourse with the Devil and giving birth to a flesh eating monster with a wolf's head and a serpent's tail, whose sole food consisted of babies. She was found guilty and burned alive.
Contemporary scholars have cast doubt on the truth of the Angèle de la Barthe story since there is no mention of her trial in the Toulouse records of the time. The fifteenth-century chronicle from which her story derives is considered spurious.
- Dinner Party database
- Anthony North
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