About fifty to sixty thousand people died in the witch-hunt of Early Modern Times. Among them were women, men, and children. The illustrated broadsheets helped to spread the contemporary ideas of witchcraft, and consequently drove the persecution, as they presented witchcraft as reality. Since not only names, but also faces of the witches and sorcerers were given, the notions of the pact with the devil, harmful spells, the witches? flight and Sabbath, as well as the transformation into werewolves became reality.Moreover, the broadsheets on the witch-hunt appeared at a time of crisis, triggered by social, political, economic and ? most of all ? climate changes. It was claimed that the rising number of ?evil witch-rot?, in addition to other unusual phenomena from this crisis, were ?prodigia?. They were regarded as a sign and proof of the ultimate end in the Christian conception of the world: the apocalypse. At the same time their presence strengthened consciousness of the crisis.In this sense the broadsheets also served the purpose of stabilizing the authorities rule. All of the twenty-four broadsheets underlying this thesis pay in word and image particular attention to the punishments for witchcraft, imposed by authorities. On the one hand these punishments demonstrated the power of authorities in criminal prosecution, and on the other hand the ?subjects? received recompense for their sufferings, which they had ? in case of sorcery at least imaginary ? gone through. This confirmed the power of authorities from ?top? and ?bottom?.