In 1589 Peter Binsfeld, the Bishop of Trier, in Germania noted down the demonic influences that provoked the cardinal sins as it was derived in the paranoid and poisonous climate around King James I of England. Shakespeare’s Macbeth was inspired by the reign of King James the I. Certainly the king saw things he wished he had not seen in Denmark and Norway and this spawned his famous work on demonology; because the land keeps the memory of truth as it whispers in our blood, forgotten or alive.
For Binsfeld, this grim paranoid hunter of the supernatural, the most vicious sins were considered to be lust (luxuria) for men, ruled by Asmodeus and pride (hubris) – or vainglory – for women - ruled by Lucifer. Curiously both sins were frequently given to women during the trials. Woman was deemed guilty for exciting the sin in man because of her vain stature. In our modern vernacular this simply could mean that she did not give in for the lustful suggestions of the accuser perhaps?