War and Witch Essay
January 6th 2014
Shaun Sullivan, MA
War and Witchcraft
This paper exemplifies the idea of dissent with a focus on witchcraft throughout the early development of society and the impact Malleus Malefic arum had on society. According to an article, H.C. Eric Midelfort which states, “the communal claim is that it was singularly responsible for the outburst of witch hunting that swept across Europe from the 15th through the 18th century” (para, 15)? The Malleus Malefic arum was an essential point in the early study of witch hunts across Europe. The Malleus was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer, who was a Dominican Monk. This that same year the Pope Innocent VII, issued the …show more content…
In earlier centuries people believed that witches were typically all women due to the fact that women were known as the weaker sex and that the devil was a male and could control women as he wanted. (Thurston) Therefore, the people felt that the demonic copulation had to be irresistible with females. (Thurston) Many years ago all someone would have to do is point a figure at a women and accuse her off committing a devilish act; this act could be any type of things such as: adultery, casting spells, seeing ghost, harboring a black cat, or just simply living alone. This was to illustrate that women played a very small role in early society and was thought to be far more inferior to that of a man. Typically, women were only useful as a child bearer; also considered to be sexually weak. This greatly increased their chance of becoming demonically possessed.
I believe if I were to share my opinion of this paper concerning the problems the 17th century faced, it was not until the last few recent centuries that women were labeled as inferior