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Medieval Witch Hunts

Was there a witch craze in the 17th century?



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Witch-hunting in the 17th century

Yes, especially in Calvinist parts of the world, such as Cromwellian England, parts of Hungary and New England witch-hunting was an evil past-time in the period from about 1600-1720 or so.

There certainly was but the question is Why?

It was also strong in France & other Catholic countries.

Hugh Trevor-Roper writes (in 1959) of a "General Crisis in the 17th Centuries" characterised by wars, epidemics & poor harvests as well as ideological conflicts & sees the surge in witchcraft persecutions as one aspect of this. The clash between opposing Christains was far more destructive with the Thirty Years War resulting in a 20-255 casualty rate in Germany.