The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe


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Between 1450 and 1750 thousands of people, most of them women, were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of individual prosecutions, each shaped by the religious and social dimensions of the particular area as well as political and legal factors. Brian Levack sorts through the proliferation of theories to provide a coherent introduction to the subject, as well as contributing to the scholarly debate. The book: Examines why witchcraft ...

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Mar 14, 2009

witch hunt

The Witch Hunt(s) had a number of causes: economic, social, religious, political and judicial. They started and ended because of changes in each of those areas. Their intensity varied depending on the time and geographic area. As trials of witches became more centralized and regulated they decreased in number and severity of punishment.

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