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Early Modern Witchhunt

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Department
History
Course
HIS243H1
Professor
Nicholas Terpstra
Semester
Fall

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November 22 2011Early Modern Witchhunt 2 Waves o 14801520s o 15601630s o 60k150k people affectedMore women were executed for infanticide than because of witchcraft1 Intellectual FoundationsThe key is the role of the devil He is an annoyance and you have to watch out for him but he does not have ultimate power The idea that arose was that the devil was more of a problem than people were let on to beth 15 century these spells these women owe the effectiveness to the devil o Theologians say that he is all around and that he is a serious threat to the world o Devil also has demons working with him Heinrich KramerJacob Sprenger Malleus Maleficarum 1486 o Lay out the theological reasons as to why witchcraft is serious and how to persecute themHow to identify them how to protect themselves and how to execute themJean Bodin Demon Mania 1580 o Lawyer o FranceStefano Guazzo Compendium Maleficarum
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