Witchcraft and Great Powers

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In early modern Europe witchcraft was considered a crime due to people of this time period being very superstitious. During this time period Witchcraft lead to the invention of such things as Devils and monsters. The bubonic plague and crimes of Heresy lead to many deaths and therefore the ideology that developed was it was the work of Witchcraft. It will be established during this essay the reasons why the use and practice of Witchcraft was deemed to be a crime.
The most favourable belief during early modern Europe was that that women were more susceptible to becoming Witches then a male would be. The main reason for this being that Eve was fell pray to the serpent’s temptation in the Garden of Eden and becoming the morally corrupted.
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Ginzburg states that many Jews acts of violence carried out against them until they handed them selves in and reported that they were the ones who had started and spread the Bubonic plague. As a result of this they were seen to confess to spreading this by using their powers to poison the water and air. Jews were condemned in the same ways as witches and therefore were burnt at the stake; this was seen to be the most favoured punishment for crimes of witchery.
During this time period of early modern Europe many religious and scholarly men had combined the effects of the plague with witchcraft. This said to have occurred because witches had used there powers to poison people through the water and air and they would state that once people are infected by these spells that they would die within three to four days.
Due to many Jews and women being of lower class in this time period it was also a belief that because they were unclean they helped spread the plague rapidly. Due to many women of this time during such jobs and Midwives and developing herb to heal their family this gave way to women being labeled witches. This view was prevalent throughout Scotland and as a result many were tried and convicted of witchcraft.Between 1550 to early 1700’s witch-hunts I Scotland developed the theory that witches were nearly always female and that as a result these attacks were not against the female gender as such. They
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