#312 | A History of Witches | Misogyny, Magic and Murder

English Learning for Curious Minds

03-11-2022 • 25 minutos

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For centuries, a woman could be accused of being a witch for the simple crime of being too poor, too rich, or too old.

For those accused, the trials were deeply unfair, and the punishment was often torture and death.

In this episode, we explore the unfair and bloody history of witches.

  • The Salem Witch Trials
  • The punishments given for witches at Salem
  • What actually was a "witch"?
  • Reasons people could be accused of being a witch
  • Black vs. White magic
  • Witches & the Black Death
  • Malleus Maleficarum: The Catholic Church's witch instruction manual
  • How witch trials worked
  • King James VI & witches
  • Why witch fears declined
  • Witches in modern culture

Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/witches


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