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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

Statue of Alice Nutter in Roughlee, Pendle, Lancashire, England. Alice was tried, convicted, and executed as one of the Pendle Witches in 1612.

Statue of Alice Nutter in Roughlee, Pendle, Lancashire, England. Alice was tried, convicted, and executed as one of the Pendle Witches in 1612.

Alice Nutter of Roughlee, One of twelve [Pendle witches] marched in chains from the pendle area to Lancaster. One of eleven tried at Lancaster Casle and one of ten hanged. The crime "witchcraft"

Alice Nutter of Roughlee, One of twelve [Pendle witches] marched in chains from the pendle area to Lancaster. One of eleven tried at Lancaster Casle and one of ten hanged. The crime "witchcraft"

Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather was the first book ever published on the Salem Witch Trials

Best Books About the Salem Witch Trials

Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather was the first book ever published on the Salem Witch Trials

Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials

Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials - The True Story of Rebecca Nurse

The Salem Witch Trials - The True Story of Rebecca Nurse

In English immigrants William Towne and Joanna Blessing Towne settled their large family in Salem, Massachusetts, where three of their daughters would later be accused of witchcraft, and inspire the famous play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.

The peak of the witch hunt was during the period of the European wars of religion, peaking between about 1580 and 1630. The witch hunts declined in the early 18th century.

The peak of the witch hunt was during the period of the European wars of religion, peaking between about 1580 and 1630. The witch hunts declined in the early 18th century.

17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials. An alternative to AO SWT transcript.

17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials. An alternative to AO SWT transcript.

I really like this. I think there is quite a needed disconnect between Wicca and the Witch hunts of the past. But I do agree that we should remember the innocent women and men lost for fear of witchcraft and fatal enforcement of societal norms.

78 Witch Pictures.(NSFW)

I really like this. I think there is quite a needed disconnect between Wicca and the Witch hunts of the past. But I do agree that we should remember the innocent women and men lost for fear of witchcraft and fatal enforcement of societal norms.

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