The European Witch Craze of the 14th to 17th Centuries: A.
The European Witch Craze, 1450-1750. Tutor: Laura Stewart Module type: Explorations Module Code: HIS00021I The witch hunts that took place in Britain, Europe, and North America between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries fascinate historians and the public alike.
An historical period which has no specific start or end dates yet spanned just over two centuries, beginning in Continental Europe, spreading to the British Isles, and finally ending in the United States. Due to Church-promoted mass hysteria and paranoia, the Witch-Craze was a time when simply being accused of Witchcraft could have you summarily executed without even having the benefit of a.
From the early decades of the 14th century until 1650, continental Europeans executed between 200,000 and 500,000 witches, 85% or more of whom were women. The character and timing of these executions and the persecutions which preceded them were determined in part by changed objectives of the Inquisition, as well as by a differentiation process within medieval society.
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Primary source material on the history of European witch trials, including: Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. 1647. Potts, Thomas. Discovery of Witches by fl. 1612-1618.
The European witch craze of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: and other essays by Trevor-Roper, H. R. (Hugh Redwald), 1914-.
Essays on Witch Craze Historical Events That Depicted Misogyny in the 1650s Misogyny might not have reached its apex in the Renaissance era, but with the generally accepted idea that women were imperfect, immoral, and responsible for the downfall of humankind, it is heavy competition for other time periods.