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HIST 4225 The Witch, the Church, and the Law (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a convergence of political, social, and religious movements produced thousands of trials for crimes of witchcraft, sorcery, and superstition throughout Europe and in North America. This course explores these trials, particularly emphasizing their legal and ecclesiastical aspects. Related issues of popular belief in sorcery, magic, and diabolical activity will also be considered. Attention will be devoted to the question of why women were so frequently among the accused.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Virginia Reinburg

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II; Not Open to Graduate Students.

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Last Updated: 13-Feb-18