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to any increase. The Churchs two main tactics in this coercive strategy were inquisitions and crusades. Read it here: After Motherhood. When before the Inquisition, a confession and willingness to do penance was always supposed to be sufficient to avoid the death penalty for a first offence while no such leeway existed in most secular courts notep 525, Geoffrey Parker, "Some Recent Work on the Inquisition. Christian IV of Denmark, in particular, encouraged this practice, and hundreds of people were convicted of witchcraft and burned. Just as the learned ideas about the devil were absorbed by the middling classes who then put them into practice by hunting witches, so the New Philosophy, percolating into the middle class consciousness, helped instil them with scepticism. This was one of several assassination plots around that time against the pope or a king. The pamphlet wars give us some idea of the motivations of both sides of the argument. Particularly in Germany, Protestant and Catholic scholars have waged a long and inconclusive struggle over which religious group prosecuted witches more ferociously. The questions about witches in early modern Europe are not so much why people believed in them at that time and place, but why that belief manifested itself into the hunts and executions.
From the late 15th century to the late 18th ce ntury a wave of persecution washed across parts of Europe.
The epicenter of the witch hunts was Europe s German-speaking heartland, an area that makes up Germany, Switzerland, and northeastern.
A FEW centuries ago in Europe, the fear of witchcraft led to witch hunts and execu tions.
These occurred largely in France, Germany, northern Italy, Switzerland. A chronological view of major events in the history of Europe s witch hunts: accusations, trials and executions of supposed witches. The Decline of Witch Trials in Europe. (Citations shou ld appear when you hold your cursor over the word note). The Decline and End of Witch Hunts in Europe Korean Minjok Leadership Academy Inte rnational Program Lee, Yeonhwa Term Paper, AP European History.
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This inquirer was expected to emily Dickinson and Imagery investigate matters brought to their attention or the subject of rumour, and was equipped with various powers to enable them to. But from time to time, for one reason or another, a conviction was achieved and the statutory punishment was usually death. So the reduction of witch trials from epidemic to endemic proportions requires little else than the assertion of central control over convictions to ensure the legal forms were being adhered to and that local courts could not execute people without sufficient evidence. As competition for religious market share heated up, churches expanded beyond the standard spiritual services and began focusing on salvation from devilry here on earth. . In the early twenty-first century there is considerable scholarly consensus that witches invariably were considered to possess magical powers that they used for nefarious purposes, but before the late fifteenth century they were not identified predominantly as women. Even those who were willing to accept the existence of witches in principle did not feel they could countenance any specific examples. Gunnar Heinsohn and Otto Steiger in a 1982 publication speculated that witch hunts targeted women skilled in midwifery specifically in an attempt to extinguish knowledge about birth control and repopulate Europe after the population catastrophe of the Black Death. Witches supposedly congregated at so-called "Sabbaths" where they worshipped the Devil, feasted on bland foods, engaged in diabolical sexuality, and occasionally ate children. Similar to how contemporary Republican and Democrat candidates focus campaign activity in political battlegrounds during elections to attract the loyalty of undecided voters, historical Catholic and Protestant officials focused witch-trial activity in confessional battlegrounds during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation to attract the loyalty of undecided. This slowly faded as the eighteenth century wore on although there were isolated prosecutions, such as the La Barre case of 1766 in France made famous by Voltaire noteletter from Voltaire. Even a bona fide freethinker like Thomas Hobbes thought that it was justified to convict someone of witchcraft if they had knowingly tried to carry out malefacia even if they were incapable of it notep 92, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Harmondsworth, 1985). Instruments of darkness: witchcraft in early modern England.