Why did witch trials increase in the 16th and 17th centuries?

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    • Why did witchcraft trials increase in the 16th and 17th centuries?
      • Mass Hysteria
        • Witch hunts began in 1640's
          • Matthew Hopkins=Witch finder general
      • Misogyny
        • Women seen as inferior
          • Old women seen as a bruden
            • Old women often isolated, widowed and poor
        • Women seen as easily tempted by the devil
          • Easy target
            • Women seen as inferior
              • Old women seen as a bruden
                • Old women often isolated, widowed and poor
      • Religious change
        • 1500's lots of religious change
        • Huge belief in the devil
          • Good life=Heaven
            • 1500's lots of religious change
        • Puritans took the bible literally
          • Good life=Heaven
        • Printed material
          • Ideas spread easier
          • Many more leaflets about witches
        • Political change
          • Tudors wanted good law and order
            • War of the Roses
          • Disagreeing would seem suspicious
      • Increases suspition
      • Enclosures
        • Envy
      • Rising prices
        • Envy
      • High unemployment
      • Tudors wanted good law and order
        • War of the Roses
      • Insecure monarchs
        • Henry VIII (1507-47)
          • People followed the crowd
            • James I (1603-25)
              • James I had a personal interest in witches
                • He wrote a book about witches
        • James I (1603-25)
          • James I had a personal interest in witches
            • He wrote a book about witches
        • Political change
          • Disagreeing would seem suspicious

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