Are you afraid of Black Magic? Most of us are fearful (unless you are that teenager paganist reading the Harry Potter Book in your mother’s basement).
People in the Middle Ages were no difference. However, not everything you’ve heard of witchcraft in the Middle Ages is true. Below is the list of the top 4 Common Myths About Witches in The Middle Ages That Are Not True.
Witches Were Pagan
Believe it or not, but most the witches executed during the Middle Ages were Christians. In the majority of cases, the victims’ professions got them in trouble. One of the riskiest professions was a midwife. Back in the Middle Ages, people were superstitious. They believed that midwives were Evil by nature and, thus, had to be burned at the stake…
Witches Were Always Burned at the Stake
As mentioned previously, witchcraft was punished by burning at the stake. However, this type of execution was not the only popular one. Besides burning at the stake, the trial forms of witchcraft in the Middle Ages included crucifixion, beheading, and hanging.
Witches Were Women
Most of the witchcraft representatives were female. It’s a true fact. However, men have been punished for magic also. Some of the victims included the high-rank Templar Knights. Back then, many knights we accused of committing crimes like sodom and sorcery. Such activities were considered the deeds of witches.
Witchcraft Was Illegal
Witchcraft in the Middle Ages became illegal in 1400. Before that, the magic of all sorts was a popular activity of humans of those times (just like playing video games these days, people had to entertain themselves somehow).
Witchcraft was an absolutely normal part of human life until European Witch Hunts declared a war against the pagans. That was probably done for entertainment purposes as well. People always crave for more action.