scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 754
The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe During the 13th century the increasing association of ideas about heresy with ideas about sorcery lead to the development of the concept of witchcraft being devil worship which paved the way for the witch-hunt in Europe Monter viii In 1487 Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger who were serving as inquisitors for Pope Innocent VIII published the Malleus Maleficarum or Hammer of Witches The Malleus had three sections the first declared that it is heretical not to believe in witchcraft the second dealt with details of common witch activities and how to identify them and the third had to do with the prosecution of witches This book became the encyclopedia on witchcraft creating many myths and fears concerning witches and their power Kors and Peters 176-177 Hence during the 15th century witchcraft as diabolical sorcery had been fully assimilated to heresy and witches had become the collaborative servants of Satan Kors and Peters 152 Witch-hunts were prominent throughout most of Europe and it possible that as many as 75 percent took place within the Holy Roman Empire France and Switzerland Levack ix The witch-craze was most deadly in and around the German-speaking lands Barstow 58-59 The witch-hunts were not as prevalent in areas outside of Europe such as the Netherlands Scandinavia Russia Hungary the Mediterranean lands and the Balkans Barstow 75 The persecution flourished as a result of the fear that people had for them which was based on the belief that the Satan gave the witches the power to cast evil spells Monter v viii Many witch-trials were motivated by disputes between neighbors resulting in the pursuit of revenge bad weather demonic possession unrelenting sickness and the death of people or animals In general it seems that nearly any misfortune could be blamed on a neighbor by accusing them of witchcraft Levack vii The majority of the accused were women as a result of the prevailing misogynistic
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA