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The economic institution is also reflected in the witchcraft trials of Salem.
See also Alaric Hall, 'Getting Shot of Elves: Healing, Witchcraft and Fairies in the Scottish Witchcraft Trials', Folklore, 116 (2005), 19-36.
"In only a few places today are there still trials of people accused of practicing witchcraft, although legislation such as the Witchcraft Suppression Acts long ago made it possible to punish people who openly practice witchcraft or accuse others of doing so." (351) The occasional witchcraft trials have varying results.
Decker is not the first historian to recognize the Roman Inquisition's cautious approach, but he presents the clearest account of its development in the wake of a conflict over a witchcraft trial in southern Italy in 1593-94.
(3) As we can see from examining the Tituba round in the historical record as well as the history of the Salem witchcraft trials themselves, the line between fiction and history is not always easy to determine, and in fact fiction and history in this context are inherently interdependent.
In chapter 5 Witmore examines the most "disturbing" (175) mode of fiction, recursion, through his discussion of the literature surrounding various witchcraft trials. Here the early modern concern involved the dangerous possibility that mimesis--children counterfeiting demonic possession--could actually produce the state being counterfeited.
Yet, as Almond's collection makes clear (and as Stephens acknowledges but sometimes appears to forget), exorcism and necromancy coexisted with witchcraft, although both were sometimes overshadowed by the graphic and titillating details of the witchcraft trials. However attractive, Stephens's proposed developmental link is not fully convincing.
Our next stop was the Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford, where we stepped back to 1612, and one of the most famous witchcraft trials of all time.
It is hardly novel for ideologues to press alleged demonic phenomena into service, beginning in the late Middle Ages and reaching a climax in the witchcraft trials of the 17th century that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocents.
In the days of the Salem witchcraft trials. Houghton Mifflin.
How many people died as a result of the Salem Witchcraft Trials? (Nineteen people were executed and five died while in prison.)
It loosens yet further the causal connection between witchcraft trials and witchcraft theory in order to stress that what witchcraft meant for intellectuals involved much broader vocabularies--much broader trials, indeed.