The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

The Salem Witch Trials [infographic

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

"Witchcraft was not made a capital offence in Britain until 1563 although it was deemed heresy and was denounced as such by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484. From 1484 until around 1750 some 200,000 witches were tortured, burnt or hanged in Western Europe."

"Witchcraft was not made a capital offence in Britain until 1563 although it was deemed heresy and was denounced as such by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484. From 1484 until around 1750 some 200,000 witches were tortured, burnt or hanged in Western Europe."

Runic Alphabets - they served for divinatory and ritual purposes, as well as the more practical use; there are three main types of Runes; Germanic, Scandinavian/Norse, and Anglo-Saxon and they each have any number of variations, depending on the region from which they originate

Runic Alphabets - they served for divinatory and ritual purposes, as well as the more practical use; there are three main types of Runes; Germanic, Scandinavian/Norse, and Anglo-Saxon and they each have any number of variations, depending on the region from which they originate

Learn about some of the most famous witches from ancient history to modern times.

Famous Witches in History

Learn about some of the most famous witches from ancient history to modern times.

A brief history of witches by Suzannah Lipscomb | History Extra

A brief history of witches by Suzannah Lipscomb | History Extra

Witches were perceived as evil beings by early Christians in Europe, inspiring the iconic Halloween figure.

Witches were perceived as evil beings by early Christians in Europe, inspiring the iconic Halloween figure.

Witches feasting, featured in The History of Witches and Wizards (1720) — Source (Wellcome Library)

Witches feasting, featured in The History of Witches and Wizards (1720) — Source (Wellcome Library)

Witch, broom, black cat, moon, Halloween, http://kittythedreamer.hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Witches-in-History

Famous Witches in History

Witch, broom, black cat, moon, Halloween, http://kittythedreamer.hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Witches-in-History

Pinterest
Search