Witches were often blamed for the sudden death of children or for poor harvests, according to Pau Castell, a professor of modern history at the University of Barcelona.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
"Until the Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1735, some 3,837 people were accused of the crime—the overwhelming majority of them women—with some two-thirds executed, more per head of population than anywhere else in Europe."
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Laken Brooks
Male brewers seized on the conservative ideas of the Reformation to push women out of the brewing trade through accusations of witchery. Today's craft beer culture, unlike the home brewing of old, is male-dominated.
SOURCE: Perspectives on History
by Richard Tomzcak
A course on witch trials, run remotely due to the pandemic, offered a chance to push students to examine new sources, write for the public, and consider how historical subjects acted in a climate of fear and suspicion not entirely different from our own.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Samuel Clowes-Huneke
A new book by historian Monica Black suggests that the irrational was never absent from the postwar order—and, moreover, that florid eruptions of mystical thinking often accompany periods of extreme political upheaval.
SOURCE: Going Medieval
by Eleanor Janega
"The idea of having sex with demons or the devil... has a long and proud history. A concern about sleep sex demons traces at least as far back as Mesopotamian myth where we see the hero Gilgamesh’s father recorded on the Sumerian King List as Lilu, a demon who targets sleeping women, in 2400 BC."
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