The 16th century was a era of religious to-do caused, in allocation, by the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. As the aftershocks of religious estrangement elongated across Europe, terror take at the forefront that the Day of Judgment was nigh. Catholics viewed the rift as a sign that the Antichrist was increasing his works in the world, even though Protestants saw the defilement of the Catholic church as proof that the devil was ventilated.
Fuelling concerns roughly the pernicious toss around of magic and the devil was the case of print, which saying an influx of written texts from the continent, such as the Malleus Maleficarum (c1486), urging people to believe decisive operate in the broil behind witches and magic. It was adjoining this emotionally charged backdrop that Henry VIII introduced the first English statutes addressing witchcraft in 1542, followed by adding, stricter, legislation by Elizabeth I in 1563 and James I in 1604. Read the rest of this entry »