Crimes against authority 1700-1900

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  • Crimes against authority?
    • Witchcraft
      • After Civil War number of prosecutions of witchcraft declined. All laws concerning witchcraft were appealed by Witchcraft Act 1736
        • People who claimed to used magic were subjects to fines and imprisonment, However attitudes had overall changed, some still clung to beliefs however
      • Why it stopped being a crime?
        • Economic and social changes led to more prosperity and political stability
        • Some still believed in witches and the devil, however those (especially the educated) became less superstitious
        • The Royal Society, set up by Charles II increased scientific experiments, which explained what used to be thought the work of witches

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