Image from Salon.com – source not attributed
I currently subscribe to a blog called Invocatio at which Sarah Veale does a weekly post of a variety of links on various religious and magickal subjects. Her posts are similar to The Wild Hunt’s “Unleash the Hounds – Links Roundup” where you can catch up on other news you may not have seen at the blogs you follow.
One of the links in Sarah’s most recent post is from an older article at the Salon website entitled Who Burned the Witches? which is an analysis by Laura Miller of Lyndal Roper’s book “Witch Craze”.
To quote from the first lines from the article:
“For years, feminist scholars have argued that witch hunts were inspired by a reactionary, misogynistic church. But new scholarship, like Lyndal Roper’s “Witch Craze”, reveals that the real villains were the neighbors”
This of course is a controversial subject both within the witchcraft community and within medieval historical research, and this is one view. I have not read this book so cannot give my my own review or total opinion on the subject, but i have always thought these horrid events were perhaps more complex, or maybe less complex, than many of the early writers conjectured.