The Causes Of Witch Reforms In The Renaissance Century

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At least 57,400 people who were accused of being a witch were persecuted and killed (Landen). Many of these people were falsely accused and persecuted, and all in terms of fear. First, The church persecuted witches due to the fear that many people had and that the church could manipulate. Additionally, all suspects of witchcraft often endured various tests to identify them as a witch or commoner, guilty or innocent. Lastly, after the common belief in true witch persecutions faded, the church used this as a window to persecute those they do not truly care for. In Europe during the Renaissance era, the church was conflicted by the ideas of witchcraft which caused paranoia, which later caused much persecution and tests to determine death. The presence of witches caused panic and hysteria in Europe which led to their persecution. For example, witches were persecuted through witch trials. Witch trials were prominent throughout Europe. Witch trials created panic which caused many people to become paranoid (Bailey, 12). They were afraid that their neighbor would turn them in, so they turned their neighbors in, falsely, to be safe. This gave the church the idea that there truly were witches out there, although they did not know the true reason why so many people were being brought in. Additionally, witch trials began with one group of people. This group of people are known as the Cathars. The Cathars are a group of people who were heretics in accordance with the church (Cathars).
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