On balance I incline towards the supposition that there was quite a well-developed set of witchcraft beliefs current, while accepting that there may have been signifi cant regional variations. It would be very stupid and wholly unhistorical to think that beliefs just continue unchanged, at a more or less constant level.
The power of gossip and calumny was all that was required to bring about a successful accusation of witchcraft and clearly young and attractive women could be just as vulnerable to slander as the more obvious targets: old crones.
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Tags: Just how hazardous the whole area was is perhaps captured in his assertion that if purchases of coal were permitted in North Shields, fewer people would run the hazard of falling down snow-concealed mine shafts on their way to Newcastle - when the Tyne is frozen, he means, and not open to river traffic.
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Chapters II-IV explore the phenomena of hostile magic: the death, illness, or misfortunes of people or animals, the 'techniques' attributed to witches and the 'healers' who tried to reverse their spells, and the underlying ill-will in close-knit communities which fostered the fear of evil magic in the first place.
It was not unusual for witch-finders to employ retractable bodkins to prick their victims thereby ensuring a guilty verdict — and their fee. By around , however, the witch frenzy began its precipitous decline, with prosecutions for witchcraft virtually vanishing by One such man was currently wreaking havoc in Berwick and at 20 shillings a head had rounded up 30 unfortunates whom he accused of witchcraft.
Their view acquired general assent, at least among historians, until it was distilled into several modest-sized and accessible textbooks in the mid-1 s, and became the bread-and-butter fare of undergraduate courses. I'm very grateful to Euan Cameron for such a thoughtful and constructive review, which has forced me to think very hard about some of the broader implications of my own arguments.