History of Religion Approach

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Historians:

- John Bale

- Juliet Wood

- William Monter

- Hugh Trevor-Roper

- Stuart Clark

- Carlo Ginzburg

- Margaret Murray

Advantages:

- shows existing religious tensions from the Reformation/Counter-Reformation

- changes in belief system (uncertainty and age of anxiety)

- can understand how people viewed their world at the time through religious eyes, e.g.:

   - their understanding of the Devil

   - the differences between good and evil

   - the concepts of heaven and hell

- the Reformation served to intensify the process of witch-hunting by helping the hunts spread from place to place

- the imposition of

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