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Yea the verie word Magus, which is Latine for magician, is translated
a witch; and yet it was hertofore alwaies taken in the good part. And at
this daie it is indifferent to saie in the English toong; She is a witch;
or, She is a wise woman.
Discoverie of Witchcraft, Reginald Scot, 1584.
To learn about the people accused of witchcraft is not easy. Their
confessions were usually given under torture. If one is to believe anything
Maleficarum, which was used as the handbook for capturing and prosecuting
witches, it would be that the witches were mostly midwives, knowledgeable
in the use of herbs and medical procedures that weren't approved by the
church. The witches were also the men and women who followed Pagan religions,
which threatened the control by the Catholic church. However, the history
of what followed the publication of this book suggests that the victims
were more diverse, and included men and devout Christians.
Following is material I have found of interest on this subject. These
mostly consist of excerpts I have come across in my readings and reference
lists I have put together. I have used three dots (...) to signify ommissions
in reference material.
WITCH HISTORY TODAY
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