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Why was their a rise in witchcraft accusations?
Religious, social + political developments
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What were the religious reasons for an increase in WC?
Lack of scientific knowledge meant people relied on church for answers, Protestant belief that devil active in peoples lives
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What were the social reasons for increase in WC?
rich/poor divide, growing hostility toward women (wise women to witches, inferior women are easy targets)
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What were the political reasons for increase in WC?
disorder of Civil war period (real judges can't get there) Lack of state authority and suspision
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What were the individual reasons for increase in WC?
Matthew Hopkins accused women of being witches and tortured them til they admitted guilt (300 accused 112 hanged)
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What was the 1542 witchcraft act?
Witchcraft is a capital offence
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What was the 1604 witchcraft act?
Witchcraft was a capital offence for any use of magic
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What was the 1735 witchcraft act?
Accusations/claims of witchcraft to be fined or imprisoned as tricksters
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