Witches in Elizabethan times

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Witches in Elizabethan times

Who was accused of being a witch?

There were frequent outbreaks of the deadly Black Death (Bubonic Plague) for which there was no cure. The fear and anger about this terrible disease had to be directed at someone - witches were the obvious target. When people died from terrible diseases, when animals died, when there was a bad harvest, when houses were burnt down in fires even when foods curdled - witches were the obvious targets.

There were 270 Elizabethan witch trials of 247 were women and only 23 were men! Those accused of witchcraft were generally:- Old- Poor- Unprotected- Single women or widows (many kept pets for company - their 'familiars')

How they were killed?

1. burnt at the stake 2. drowned 3. hung 4. torture

Did you know?

- Many people were so obsesed with catching witches who were cursing their crops, many people went on ‘witch hunts’ to try and catch them.- Anne Boleyn was accused of being a witch because she had a sixth finger growing from her fifth finger, and a prominent mole on the back of her neck, these were thought to be a signs of the devil.

Witches in Elizabethan times

when were they targetted?


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