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Witches: The History of a Persecution
Witches: The History of a Persecution | Nigel Cawthorne
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When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for subjugated persons - even when the power is wielded by the Church. Witchcraft was viewed as devil-worship. Between 1450 and 1750, one hundred thousand people were accused, subject to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witches examines the wildfire-spread of witch hunting across Europe and America, as well as its roots in misogyny and religious persecution. It includes: - Letters and trial testimonies from those charged with witchcraft, as well as some from self-proclaimed witches - Biographic detail of key witch hunters, such as Matthew Hopkins (the so-called Witchfinder General) who was responsible for hundreds of executions - Accounts of famous witch trials, from Chelmsford to Salam Nigel Cawthorne explores the real facts behind this persecution and the contexts that triggered it, tracing it back to its source.
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🦇 I‘m so excited for only reading books about #witches and #witchcraft in October that I‘ve already started a couple from my tbr! I own so many witchy books that it‘ll be nice to get through a few that I‘ve been wanting to read for a while 🦇

PageShifter I would also love to read those but it feels like a month is too short!! 1d
Cazxxx @PageShifter I agree! I would need a lot longer 😂 1d
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An easy read and good intro for people looking into history of persecution of witches. No real info about actual witchcraft per se but overall not bad. What gives it a so-so rating for me is that, perhaps it was the editors, but there were a lot of grammatical and spelling errors throughout that drove me mad.

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