A natural way to celebrate liberation in a new world was to smash up symbols of the old oppression. […] A much-venerated statue of the Virgin Mary in the Cathedral was denounced as a witch, uprooted and ducked in the river Dvina: since the wooden object floated, the evangelical revellers pronounced it guilty and burned it at Kubsberg, the customary place to punish witches.

– Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History (2003)

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