Witch Trials Essay

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Diana Elia Per.2 Mrs. Mitchell English 11A Salem Witch Trials of 1692 The Salem witch trials of 1692 were a horrible time because of the diseases being spread, women were being accused of witchcraft and innocent people were being hanged. Throughout the witch trail ladies, gentleman, and children were caring all kind of diseases. They had hearings before the country court trails to prosecute the people that were blamed and also accused of witch craft. Over 150 people were accused and arrested but formally pursued by the authorities. All twenty six victims who went to trial before this court, was convicted. Innocent people were hanged , even if they had nothing to do with witch craft. “The Elizabethan Period and the era of the Renaissance introduced English persecution of Elizabethan Witches and Witchcraft.” (Linder, Paragraph 2) Ironically, this period of great learning brought with it a renewed belief in the supernatural including a belief in the powers of witchcraft, witches and witch hunts. Ironically the introduction of the printing press, one of the greatest tools in increasing knowledge and learning was responsible. The first printed books were bibles or contained religious themes. Unfortunately many of these books promoted ideas about witches and witchcraft which in turn led to the intensified witch hunts of the 15th and 16th centuries. Additional new renaissance thinking and books about Astrology, Alchemy and Magic increased the interest in witchcraft, witches and witch hunts even further. “The 1562 Elizabethan Witchcraft Act was passed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.” (Arson, pg.3, paragraph 4) It was an act against Conjurations Enchantments and Witchcrafts. During the Elizabethan era people blamed unexplainable events as the work of witches. There were frequent outbreaks of the deadly Black Death for which there was no

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