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Sixteenth-Century Religious Reform and the Witch-Hunts

Gary K. Waite

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Sixteenth-Century Religious Reform and the             Witch-Hunts

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This article discusses the role of religious reform, zeal, and conflict; polemical sermonizing; demonizing rhetoric; and changing views of women in the intensification of witch-hunting. It highlights the relationship between the prosecution of witches and that of other heretics, and discusses the relevance of both spiritualism and Biblicism to the rise and fall of prosecutions.

Keywords: witch-hunting; witch prosecutions; religious reform; spiritualism; Biblicism

Article.  9852 words. 

Subjects: History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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