Witch-hunting or woman-hunting? To what extent can the gender imbalance in witchcraft accusations in Europe be attributed to misogyny?

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History

 

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Deborah V

 

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November 13, 2013

 

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Even if we were the obtain some undiluted evidence from the hand of a genuinely average 16th-17th century female we could not forget that they did not exist outside the context of the time and that their perception of the world and themselves would be shaped thus. An acute example is that of the 1586 Catholic martyr Margaret Clitheroe who was sentenced to be pressed to death for secret catholic worship; she expressed the most concern however with the shame of the public nudity ordered by the sheriff...
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An acute example is that of the 1586 Catholic martyr Margaret Clitheroe who was sentenced to be pressed to death for secret catholic worship; she expressed the most concern however with the shame of the public nudity ordered by the sheriff. This display of a preference for death over indecency illustrates a person shaped by her society’s prescriptions for female behaviour...
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