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Articles

Title: Witchcraft, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe

Author:
DONATELLA LIPPI, DOMIZIA WEBER
Language:
EN
Journal:
Archives of the history and philosophy of medicine
Year:
2012
Volume:
75
Number:
1
Start page:
68
Final page:
73
ISSN:
0860-1844
Keywords:
History of witchcraft, history of witch-hunts, witchcraft's investigations
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Witch-hunts supported by the Roman Catholic Inquisition began in the Late Middle Ages. In 1487, the notorious Malleus Maleficarum was published, inaugurating the period of witch-hunts in Early Modern Europe which would last for the following two centuries. The witch trials in Early Modern Europe became a major issue in the 17th century: persuasion and some torture was used to make people confess to a covenant with the Devil. Different methods were used in the examinations: archive records provide a rich amount of them. In this article, the Authors provide a short introduction about witchcraft, focusing on the situation in Northern Italy during the period of 16th-17th century, using original sources and archive records1.