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Witchcraft in Shakespeare's Times

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Tristin Wilson

on 30 January 2015

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Transcript of Witchcraft in Shakespeare's Times

Elizabethan Witches
The witches of Shakespeare's time were known as "Elizabethan Witches". They were known as this because it was during Queen Elizabeth's Reign in England (1558-1603). The people of this era not only believed in witches but greatly feared them because they were afraid of their ability to harm and destroy people.
Witchcraft in Shakespeare's Times
Witches in Macbeth
The witches in the play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, were prophets who hail Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote the play Macbeth for King James, king of England in 1603 to 1625, because James enjoyed the supernatural. It also gave a dramatic effect to the play.
Bubonic Plague
During the Elizabethan era, witches were accused of everything that went bad. This was around the time of the outbreak of the bubonic plague and there was no explanation so the people blamed it on witches. Everything from people dying to food curdling, witches were to blame.
Witch Trials
Women were most often accused of being witches. There were 270 witch trials during this time period, 247 were women and only 23 men! Those who were most accused of being witches were the old, poor, unprotected, and single women/ widows. If someone were to be convicted of being a witch, they were to be hanged.
Witchcraft
Witchcraft is the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised individually. Witches played a very important role in the 17th century (Shakespeare's time).
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