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Lecture

Witchcraft


Department
History
Course Code
HIS 2403E
Professor
Jeffrey Temple

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Witchcraft
Earliest trials 1460
Cooperation between state and church after the reformation is evident in trials for
witchcraft
Reached its peak in the late 16th century early 17th
Between 100,000 and 200,00 officially tried
Between 40,000 and 60,000 executed
75-85 % female
Some witches believed in their powers and influenced or manipulated other people
to earn money
The ideal of demonic deals is introduced to the notion of witchcraft in the late
middle ages by the church witches were thought to have wild sexual orgies with
the devil. Witches became the ultimate heretic because they were believed to do
the work of the devil
Malious Malificarum guide to hunting witches written by Kramer
Torture was used because after the adoption or roman law there could be no
executions without confession plus it was believed that witches did not act alone