Witch And Witchcraft In The Elizabethan Era

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Witchcraft, the practice of magic with the use of spells, herbs, and satanic work, was fairly prominent in Elizabethan England. The Elizabethan Era reign lasted from 1558 to 1603, and was during Queen Elizabeth's reign. Witches and witchcraft were usually the target of blame during this time, because they were the outcasts. Witches, the Chelmsford Witch trials, and many superstitions are all based off of witchcraft.
For a long time, witches were considered to be the most helpful and healing amongst villages and towns. The old, poor, unprotected, single people/ widows were accused of being witches. However, the majority of witches were women. According to Elizabethan Witchcraft and Witches, “There were 270 Elizabethan witch trials of 247 were women and only 23 were men.” There were two different types of witches, white and black. White witches were the “wise women” and helpful within communities. If someone in the town was ill or was having problems, they would usually go visit a witch. Witches would use herbs such as mandrakes, datura, monkshood, cannabis, belladonna, henbane, and hemlock to make healing potions. On the other hand, black witches were seen as people who practiced magic to cause physical or practical harm to another person or object. Black witches were also thought to be doing satanic work.
Generally, witches skills were passed down from generation to generation, so each witch and family were well known. This made it easy to segregate the two types of
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