In the 11th century up until the 17th century there was a mass hysteria pertaining to witches and witch hunts. It was believed by the christian churches that anyone who went against socially accepted religious beliefs was in association with the devil. There was a book in which served as a guide on how to recognize witches, conduct trials, and appropriate punishment for the accused. This book was heavily used during royal courts and trials. Because this book encouraged death penalty as the only way to eliminate witchcraft it led to thousands of trials and brutal persecutions of women. Witches became associated mainly with women, especially those who were childless, husbandless, elderly, or poor. At the time if you fit into any of these categories then you were most likely to be targeted for a witch trial. Most of these trials took place in Germany, Scandinavia, Scotland, and etc. Because there was an estimate between 40,000 – 50,000 executions modern day society are now trying to make things right and bring justice by reviewing case trials and finding ways to pardon the people affected especially those that were falsely accused.If you were a person living in the 16th – 17th century would you fear becoming a target for witch hunts?
I found it interesting that even up till this day the witch trials that happened during the 16th and 17th century are still relevant. I also wasn’t too shocked about the amount of executions that occured because I am aware that in this time period everyone was not only heavily influenced by the christian church but anyone who went against popular ideology was feared and ostracized from the rest of society. I also find it very admirable of people who still care about bringing justice and clearing the names of many of the accused.