Read about the affect of Witchcraft across the United Kingdom, from its humble beginnings to centuries of witch hunts, that also included the reigns of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth. Discover true scenarios of those accused of witchcraft, and how knights and the church would benefit by the deaths of innocent people accused of having pacts with the Devil.
Witchcraft is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. A witch (Old English Wicca masculine, Wicce feminine) was widely believed in early modern Christian Europe to be in league with the Devil and used their powers to harm people and property.
Among the Catholics, Protestants, and secular leadership of the European Late Medieval and Early Modern period, fears about witchcraft hit fever pitch, leading to large-scale witch-hunts. Christianity was engaged in an apocalyptic battle against Satan and his secret army of witches.
In total, tens or hundreds of thousands of innocent people were executed, and others were imprisoned, tortured, banished, and had their land and possessions confiscated. The majority of the accused were women.
The origins of the accusations against witches in Britain included claims of secret meetings, orgies, and eating babies. From the 17th century one could be possessed by the Devil and thus not responsible for their actions, but to be a witch, one had signed a pact with the Devil, often to worship him, which was heresy and meant damnation.
Every page of this book will drag you deeper into disbelief that this madness continued for hundreds of years, and be thankful that today, witches are proven to be harmless and possess no powers whatsoever, just wild imaginations.