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ShortHand: The European Witch Craze – Part 1

ShortHand: The European Witch Craze – Part 1

Update: 2022-11-015
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For over a thousand years, witches were believed to be local soothsayers who used their powers for everyday charms and spells. But in the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe was suddenly gripped by a new idea: that witches were part of an organised demonic network, plotting with the devil himself to cloud the whole world in evil.



And to stop the armies of darkness, more than 200,000 people were executed across Europe for the crime of witchcraft.



In the first half of our two-parter on Europe's witch hunters, H&S look at how it grew into a state-sanctioned frenzy, why it lasted for over 200 years, and some of the more gruesome torture methods they used to extract confessions...





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ShortHand: The European Witch Craze – Part 1

ShortHand: The European Witch Craze – Part 1

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