March 6, 2007 - 10:41:00 PM Lecture 17 The European Witch...

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22/03/2007 00:41:00 Lecture 17:  The European Witch Persecution Medieval theory Concept of witchcraft that led to the state, executing people. Idea that if you sunk, you were not a witch At certain moments, huge amounts of women were put to death. o As soon as the they started executing men, they stopped it The theoretical legal grounds was prepared earlier than the witch persecution  itself. o 100 years that encompasses largely the 17 th  century o one of the greatest last ones were the Salem witch trials. One of the important things about the whole persecution of witches had to do with  torture…clearly led to all kinds of confessions. Torture always led to some kind of confession and if it didn’t lead to confession,  the torture could be physically destructive.   Torture wasn’t always physical Experts on pain, People were usually not on the first instance tortured. They were first told that they were going to be tortured…a psychological  game until they are confronted with the torture instruments Only then will they be tortured…it goes in stages Torture had many levels, the idea of light torture is a contradiction in terms… because it’s always with a threat of a heavier torture.   Whole culture of torture cannot be understood except as in a sense  conceptually the whole thing Canons were lists of legal constructs published in grand compilation by a famous legal  scholar called  Gratians , one of the most important people in the revival of Roman law.   List of canons of legal principle.  
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