Liebeszauber (Love Spell) (1470s), artist unknown
f.y.i. if you did not know already, the Witch Holocaust was just getting going at about the time this picture was done. Malleus Maleficarum – easily the scariest and most sad book i’ve ever read in this life – was being written and would be published just a few years later. It was a best-seller.
There is SO much in this picture, the more you gaze at it.
The other day my 11 yro Gemini girl asked what it would take to get a girl “arrested” for witchcraft then and i was like, well; where do you start?
Having cats, having sex without marriage, having astrology charts, being left handed, having moles/beauty marks in certain bits of the body, not getting sick when everyone else gets the flu, being a subject of gossip, having dried herbs hanging up, being seen walking alone but talking to yourself, having money but you’re a woman with no visible means of support, being in someone else’s nightmare, being anorexic, provoking rape, never getting married, having a baby without marriage, being a midwife, bringing on a late period with herbs, not attending the church…
That is just off the top of my head.
Estimates on how many people (mostly women and girls) were killed in The Burning Times vary: they range from 60,000 to Nine Million. Is there a memorial or a proper apology anywhere?
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