Witchcraft trials have taken place throughout medieval history, in almost every continent, but particularly in Europe and North America. Pope Innocent VIII supported and encouraged seeking out witches and putting them on trial for their alleged heretical beliefs and behaviors. Many others wrote speeches and guides explaining how to catch, prosecute and punish witches (the most famous example being the Malleus Maleficarum). Based on the ideas presented by Innocent VIII, Johannes Nider and in the excerpt from the Malleus Maleficarum, was it possible for anyone accused of being a witch to receive a “fair” trial? Why or why not?
(Be sure to base your opinions firmly on the information provided in the required documents. You need to address each of the documents in your paper.)
Must be at least four full pages long (excluding title page, notes and bibliography).
NEED 4 REFERENCES, ONE MUST BE THIS SOURCE ——
- “Witchcraft Documents [15th Century]).” Internet History Sourcebooks Project. Accessed 15 August 2015. http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/witches1.html.