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Rosalia – The Evil Black Witch of the Harz

By Gary Bateman


Author’s Notes on “Rosalia – The Evil Black Witch of the Harz”

Introduction and Overview:  This epic narrative poem on “Rosalia” is pure fiction—but it is a creative reality though in the deep poetic recesses of my mind, however; I should note to you that there is indeed a tradition of Witchcraft and Sorcery in the region of the Harz Mountains here in Germany which definitely dates back to medieval times.  People who live there have some fun with Halloween and Walpurgis Nacht parties each year in Bad Harzburg and other towns within the Harz.  Though the witch thing is a friendlier proposition in today’s “modern world,” it was certainly not this way centuries ago when those accused of Witchcraft and Sorcery met a rather gruesome fate when they were convicted of doing evil things and consorting with “The Devil.” Moreover, throughout the text I have sprinkled a few witchcraft-oriented terms in the German so the reader can get feel for the Germanic setting for the poem.  The “Cliff Notes” I’ve cited below will ensure that these few German terms are precisely explained and defined in their English equivalent meanings.  Any other terms in Latin, for example, will be defined and explained as well.  The time and location setting for this epic narrative poem is the early 16th Century in the Harz Mountains in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, with the principal events occurring in and around the vicinity of the Brocken Summit which is the highest summit in the Harz mountain range and in Northern Germany.    

Academic Source Attribution:  The source attribution on the subject of the Black Arts for “Rosalia” came from:  Richard Cavendish, The Black Arts, (New York:  The Putnam Publishing Group, 1967), passim throughout book.  Mr. Cavendish's scholarly book on this subject was quite helpful while I was doing my research on this epic narrative poem.  I wanted to make sure that the information I was presenting was at least in line with the common terminology used and associated with this rather arcane subject area.  I also conducted on-line internet research on a number of related topics within the Witchcraft genre to get a more in-depth feel for this fascinating topic. 

Dramatis Personae:

Rosalia—The Evil Black Witch of the Harz

Aurelia—The Princess of the Light and The Precious Child of God

Monseigneur Wolfgang Augustus Hardenberg (Regional Catholic Church Monseigneur in the Harz at Cloister Marten)

Rosalia’s Hell-Spawned Minions

Monseigneur Hardenberg’s Priests from Cloister Marten

Jehovah —The Almighty Lord God

Jesus Christ—Son of God

Archangel Gabriel and His Force of Heavenly Angels

Lucifer—The Dark Angel and Ruler of the Underworld

Author’s Cliff Notes – Answer Key for Challenging Words and Foreign Phrases in the Text:

Title of Poem: “Rosalia—die boese Hexe aus dem Harz”   (Note: This is the actual title of this epic poem, and in English, it means: “Rosalia—The Evil Black Witch of the Harz.”)

Prologue:  “Brocken summit in the Harz.”  Brocken is the highest summit in the Harz Mountains.  It is part of the ongoing Witchcraft tradition today in the Harz.

Rosalia’s Entrée to the 16th Century:  Entrée in the Section II title here means “Entrance.”

Vocabulary Terms:  (in order of text presentation throughout the poem)

Scaurous:  An adjective that refers to “with large ankles.”

Schnauzkrampf-like mouth:  “Schnauzkrampf” is a noun that refers to “a mouth that looks more like a snout.”

Die Hexerei:  German noun for “Witchcraft.”

Nefandous:  Adjective for “unmentionable” or “unspeakable.”

Black Mass Satanist Prayer:  The lead-in for this unholy prayer starts with the words, “Our Father, which wert in heaven . . . ,” meaning, of course, “Our Father, which was in heaven . . . ,” with wert being the Old English form of was.

Nefast:  Adjective for “wicked.”

Malleus Maleficarum (1486):  This term from the Latin means, “Hammer of Witches.”  This medieval document was written by two Catholic inquisitors in 1486, and then they codified it and passed it down within the Church hierarchy.  This particular document reflected the Church’s “then” present knowledge of witchcraft and sorcery.

Cloister Marten:  The regional catholic monastery located in the Harz.

mirabile visu:  a Latin term or expression for “Wonderful to behold.”

Burg Worlerede:  A fortress castle very near to Cloister Marten in the Harz.

Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, Schoeningen, Germany (September 20, 2014)


Rosalia - The Evil Black Witch of the Harz, Part Five The Monseigneur knew that they must be successful in this venture as the “Lord’s Madmen” or face the very real possibility of eternal damnation, if they should fail. They had no choice but to risk all in this endeavor. To do nothing and to retreat back to the safe confines of the monastery would consign innocent men, women, and children to a fate worse than death itself—they would be in the hands of the Devil forever. God’s Reckoning and Vengeance and the Planned Destruction of Rosalia Arriving at the village below the Brocken by the early hours on Friday morning, October 30th, the Monseigneur and his priests met with Aurelia and her parents in a chamber room near the alter of the local village church under a marble cast visage of Jesus Christ himself. They had the rest of the day on Friday and a partial day Saturday, October 31st until 6:00 pm to ready themselves for an all-out assault on Rosalia’s Coven in a deep cave located some 100 meters down from the Brocken summit. Being able to actually find Rosalia’s cave in time was a momentous task unto itself—and might even require divine intervention. Rosalia would quite assuredly conceal and mask its entrance to the uttermost. The risk of discovery of their planning efforts by Rosalia and her Coven was now greater than ever. It was now time for Aurelia to invoke her direct prayer to the Lord, to seek His blessing and His protection for everyone involved in supporting the Monseigneur’s efforts in discovering the location of Rosalia’s Coven, and for ensuring the triumph of the power of light and goodness. Aurelia kneeling before the church altar began her prayer to the Lord: To our Almighty and Most Merciful Lord God, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost . . . It is with the greatest of humility and respect that we beseech thy support in confronting and destroying the Black Witch Rosalia and her Hell Spawn Minions who serve thy fallen angel known as “Lucifer.” Oh Lord please hear us in this hour of maximum danger, as the very lives and the very souls of many innocent people are at stake in this great struggle between good and evil which has been with mankind since Adam and Eve walked the face of the Earth. We are, Oh Lord, very aware of the immense burdens you carry in the Universe and that mankind is only one of your many divine creations. Mankind, after all, was created in thine image. An enormous challenge awaits us from the forces of darkness and pure evil here on Earth in the Harz. In the name of Jesus Christ—your only son, we earnestly pray for your divine intervention and timely guidance as we must soon confront Rosalia and her minions of evil who worship only Lucifer and the world of darkness at his command. We thank you for listening to our prayer of urgent need Most Merciful Lord God. Although our group of church followers will soon be walking through the shadow of night and the valley of death itself, we know that Thou Shall Be With Us, and will give us thine power and strength in overcoming and destroying the forces of evil and darkness. AMEN . . . AMEN . . . AMEN, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Aurelia’s Prayer to God is Answered At the conclusion of Aurelia’s prayer, Monseigneur Hardenberg and his group of priests met with some trusted local villagers who knew the landscape around the Brocken summit very well. Aurelia had asked to be part of the Monseigneur’s group. Although a young girl, she was a very special young girl, and given the circumstances in spite of the risks the group needed all the help it could find. Aurelia’s help was invaluable. The key action was to get the search process underway soonest to find an aperture in and around the Brocken that might yield the entrance to Rosalia’s lair. It was already late Friday morning and the search must commence immediately after the Monseigneur and his party had a chance to rest awhile, for by 6:00 pm on Saturday, the powers of darkness would begin gathering and massing an unconscionable strength and fury as the six-hour countdown to the Black Witches’ Sabbath ceremony would be underway. Next, by Friday afternoon the Monseigneur and his party journeyed to the vicinity of the Brocken summit and began their concerted search for Rosalia’s cave. Searching well into the night and into the wee hours of the morning on October 31st—to no avail—the mounting frustration and the growing sense of expectation among the group was both palpable and undeniable. By around 5:30 pm, the search turned into a scene of utter desperation. There was very good chance that they might not find the hidden entrance to Rosalia’s lair in time to disrupt the Black Witches’ Sabbath ceremony. Aurelia could sense the closeness of Rosalia, but even she was helpless to precisely pinpoint the location of the cave. Aurelia knew instinctively that she had to act. Finding Monseigneur Hardenberg she told him that another prayer to the Almighty Lord God might improve their chances of finding the cave in time to act. And almost instantaneous to their brief discussion, a very large bright light suddenly illuminated itself on the immediate horizon in the deep forested area. As dusk was falling, this radiance of this bright heavenly light was at once as telling as it was compelling. Aurelia knew at that instant mirabile visu that her prayer to God had been answered and that divine intervention was truly at hand. End of Part Five Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, Schoeningen, Germany (September 20, 2014)

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Date: 8/27/2015 9:50:00 PM
Quite a powerful prayer the instinctive Aurelia gave.... very well done, as always! Onto the next I go! Always, Laura
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Gary Bateman
Date: 8/29/2015 1:11:00 PM
Bravo Laura!! Please do read on . . . I put my very heart and soul into this epic write!! I very pleased that you are showing a great interest in it!! Cheers and Best, Gary
Date: 2/2/2015 7:54:00 AM
Bravo again... Truth is evil does walk this planet as man is the fallen creature that gave authority to Lucifer in the Original Sin. Witchcraft is not mere fairytales. It was and still is a part of life on earth. A dark part for even what they call White witches are all part of the same evil-rejection of Christ for a man made cult..
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Robert Lindley
Date: 2/5/2015 6:37:00 AM
Sorry I had not checked my email in over a week. Yes , just checked it is there. Will check it out tonight.. Thanks very much my friend. Now onto the next part in this series. I suspect this is gonna be a very big hit as a book for adults and children to read! A super 10 in my book my friend!
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Gary Bateman
Date: 2/2/2015 5:06:00 PM
Hello Robert!! I agree totally with what you say. The dichotomy between Good and Evil and the continuous struggle between the two will indeed be with mankind until the end of time. Spiritual Evil and the human personification of it in "Man" is still very much with us today here in 21st century. (Did you receive the MS Word version of "Rosalia" that I e-mailed to you a couple of weeks ago?? -- Just wondering if you received it okay. Thanks for plowing through Rosalia!! Best Wishes, Gary