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Origins of the Witch HuntsEncyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition
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AbstractThe first true witch hunts began in western Europe in the early fifteenth century. The earliest series of trials took place in Italy and in French- and German-speaking regions around the western Alps. Of course, concern about harmful sorcery had deep roots in medieval Europe, and both officially sanctioned prosecution and popular persecution had been brought to bear on its supposed practitioners long before. But only in the fifteenth century did the full stereotype of diabolical witchcraft develop, which would endure throughout the period of the major witch hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Citation InformationMichael D. Bailey. "Origins of the Witch Hunts" Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition Vol. 3 (2006) p. 856 - 860
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