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Witches are everywhere.

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In fairytales, fantasy and satire, they appear time and again as a versatile synonym for evil and transgression. The large-scale persecution, prosecution and execution of witches in these centuries was an extraordinary phenomenon. It is also an episode of European history that has spawned many myths and much inaccuracy.

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The actual s are far lower, but still striking: between andaroundpeople across Europe were accused of witchcraft, and some 40—50, were executed. Listen: Historian Ronald Hutton reveals how the witch has been a symbol of fear across the globe for more than 2, years…. Neither were witches with the exception of some targeted by the Spanish Inquisition generally persecuted by the church.

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Although belief in witches was orthodox doctrine, following Exodus In England, witchcraft became a crime ina statute renewed in and As such, most witches across Europe received the usual penalty for murder — hanging though in Scotland and under the Spanish Inquisition witches were burned. Nor were all witches women — men could be witches too.

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Across Europe, 70—80 per cent of people accused of witchcraft were female — though the proportions of female witches were higher in certain areas: the bishopric of Basel; the county of Namur modern Belgium ; Hungary; Poland; and Essex, England. But one in five witches were male across Europe, and in some places, males predominated — in Moscow, male witches outed women ; in Normandy Nevertheless, because women were believed to be morally and spiritually weaker than men, they were thought to be particularly vulnerable to diabolic persuasion.

Most of those accused were also poor and elderly; many were widows, and menopausal and post-menopausal women are disproportionally represented among them.

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Although witchcraft trials happened in every county in the country, the best evidence survives from three major witch crazes in the British Isles — in s Edinburgh; Lancashire; and s Essex and East Anglia, and we focus on those. Above all, we have tried to consider the perspective of the victims — that is, those who were accused of witchcraft. We examine the way that torture — though illegal in England — was employed in late 16th-century Scotland and during the upheaval of the Civil War.

We explore the role of the witchfinder, but also the willing collaboration of ordinary people in ridding the land of witches. And we look at what someone accused of witchcraft experienced as their fate. Suzannah Lipscomb is p rofessor of history at the University of Roehampton and is the writer and presenter of 13 TV history documentary series.

You can follow Lipscomb on Twitter sixteenthCgirl or visit her website suzannahlipscomb. in.

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