Looking at Underlying Reasons for Infamous Witch Hunts

Halloween is just around the corner, and as Cal State San Marcos history professor Dr. Antonio Zaldívar will attest, so is the annual reminder of a particularly dark period in Western history.

Zaldívar, whose area of research is the High and Late Middle Ages, teaches a course entitled, Heresy, Witchcraft, and Church Reform in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. One of the key takeaways from the class: It’s easy to target the disenfranchised.

“This was a particular era in the Early Modern period that saw the introduction of a new judicial process, a new legal framework, that stressed a more inquisitorial system, which when combined with a new interest in magic led to a perfect storm targeting disenfranchised people, particularly women, who suffered significantly,” he said.

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