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Frontiers of History in China

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 148–161 | Cite as

The Western European witch-hunt in the 16th and 17th centuries

  • Lu Qihong Email author
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Abstract

The European witch-trials became numerous in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A large number of witches were imprisoned and many of them were executed at the stake. The ubiquitous social strain brought on the witch-hunt, and the witch became the scapegoat. Study on the witch-hunt provides a special perspective on the transition of Western Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Keywords

Western Europe witchcraft witch-hunt 16th and 17th centuries 

摘要

16–17 世纪巫术案件在欧洲大量出现, 其间许多巫师被投入监狱, 其中很多人被烧死在火刑柱上。 当时的西欧进入了转型时期, 整个社会正处于无序之中, 普遍存在的社会紧张情绪导致了猎巫的出现, 巫师成了社会危机的替罪羊。 对猎巫的研究可为我们认识这一社会转型提供一个特殊的视角。

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西欧 巫术 猎巫 16–17 世纪 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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