In this study, the factors surrounding the escalation and de-escalation of the witch processes in 17th century England is the main focus. The analysis, which is mainly based on a series of pamphlets pertaining to different witch trials, examines the properties of the witch cases to determine the factors that affected the scale of the witch cases in the 17th century. Determining factors that expanded the scale of the cases were found to be the spreading of rumours, surrounding people in society and the changes in the laws surrounding witchcraft. Which turn made it possible to gain monetary benefits from finding and bringing witches to court. Furthermore, the Civil War, brought about a partial and temporary suspension of the key established judicial bodies between 1642-1645, which made way for extensive witch cases involving large numbers of accused and questionable legal practices, especially in concerns to acquiring information through interrogations.
It was found that the factors that limited the size and extent of the witch cases, were the well organized and, for its time, advanced legal system in England. In the later years of the 17th century the courts focused on substantiated evidence and thereby likely halting future witch cases.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 dec. 2016|
- Matthew Hopkins
- 17th Century