The middle ages were for women a difficult time.
Any passerby could accuse the girl of witchcraft and empty words reached the ears of those who thought themselves entitled to judge and to execute. In the period from the XIV to the XVIII century in Europe burned about 10 million so-called “witches”. Most often, mass (Salem court, for example), the hysteria began with a specific person — either one of these girls.
In Stockholm believed that witches kidnap children. Melin Matsdotter, the poor washerwoman, was accused of witchcraft and sentenced to burning alive is a terrible penalty, common in Europe but has never been used in Sweden. On the Melin court refused to repent, declared himself innocent and to the post went with a proudly raised head. It was the first and last woman to be burned alive in Sweden. Rumor has it, so it was decided that because the municipality was just scared that even burning at the stake Melin had not uttered a single word — but we all know, witches are not afraid of pain.
The famous Salem witch trial started with the woman. In 1692 Bridget owned two taverns, wore provocative outfits, and as it turned out later, at leisure, in fact witchcraft. During a search of the house, Bridget found the dolls for damage, bristling with needles. One depicted the recently deceased man — proof, stunned residents of Salem. At trial, Bridget behaved very insolently, that quickly led to her execution. The bloody spectacle has given rise to an attack of mass hysteria — in a short time the fire went another 70 “witches”.
Weaver koldings the accused in that it is specifically caused a storm to break the ship Queen Anne who traveled from Copenhagen to Scotland. The Caravel, and indeed almost sunk during a strong storm and was forced to stay in Norway. Anna, nicknamed “the mother of the Devil,” was arrested on charges of the mayor of Kronborg, who decided to curry favor with the king. On the torture Anna did not only confessed, but also called five more names of their accomplice — the mayor’s wife including. Early spring morning all the girls were burned to death at the walls of Kronborg.
In 1613 witches in the Netherlands burned more than in most of Europe. First the fire went Ancien Gillis, a midwife, accused the curse of newborns. Enteen, was already in jail when the town Straelen started a real plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of babies. After another torture girl stated “assistants”, took place the famous Rumongso court, which burned 63 “witches”.
The MERG Bin
The German hunter of the witch (part-time Abbot and mayor of the city of Fulda), Balthasar von Dernbach, was arrested Margo Bin on charges of murdering her husband by witchcraft. The pregnant widow from torture was not released — the Inquisition considered the father of the unborn child of the devil. Merge quickly sentenced and burned, and then Dernbach got a taste and the next three years chasing witches all over Hesse, resulting in executed another 250 people. Included in the history of the witch trials of Fulda ended only with the death of the Abbot.
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