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Witch Hunts

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School
University of Toronto St. George
Department
History
Course
HIS243H1
Professor
Nicholas Terpstra
Semester
Fall

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Early Modern Europe Tues Nov. 30th 2010 Witch Hunt in E.M. Europe 1) Emerging Stereotype Religious beliefs held very deeply therefore any departure from these beliefs is taken very seriously. Witches seen as a threat to the whole body of society which is what makes them so dangerous. However this was not always the case, earlier it was believed while witches could be a nuisance, they werent too much of a both, and there could be such thing as a good witch. In the late 14th and early 15th there was a developing fear of witches. It was thought through a good part of the middles ages that ones access to natural and spiritual sources give witches their power, however later as the concept of the devil evolves (he has far more access to the world, he is far more dangerous, and has a whole range of spiritual helpers). in 15th16th century Germany they believed there was a much larger population of demons than man. Strong sense that the demons are out there and that they are a real threat. This idea is coming from some key sources. Malleus Maleficarum (1486) written by two Dominican monks and experienced inquisitors. It is a guide to identifying and successfully prosecuting witches. It explains what it dangerous about witc
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