I was contemplating a Halloween-themed blog post for today I already did the "haunted Tudors" post last year - which I hope you'll read if you get the chance!
The History of Witches and Warlocks The history of witches and warlocks may surprise you. It surprises many people to learn how the whole story of broomsticks and pointy hats got started. This is just a brief overview. Wicca developed in England during the early 20th century but the religious practices are said to be based on those of the ancient European pagans.
The word warlock actually has a different origin. It comes from the Old English word waerloga, which can mean one who lies or breaks faith and is also a word for the Devil.
The word witch was in use in England prior to the 12th century. The first known use of the word warlock was not until the 14th century. Prior to the late medieval times, being called a witch was not necessarily a bad thing.
There were white witches practicing in England and throughout Europe. In the English language of the time, referring to a woman as a witch was no different than saying she was a wise woman, according to historians.
The characterization of the witch as an evil-doer evolved slowly over time and resulted from a number of cultural influences. Christianity becoming the dominant religion in Europe played a major role.
There was an outright ban on the practice of witchcraft by the Catholic Church. Witch hunts began in the 14th century and continued for hundreds of years. Christians believed that witches were in league with the devil.
Worshipping any god other than the God of Abraham was a violation of the Ten Commandments and the church was strong in Europe at the time.
The practice of witchcraft was basically banned. Yet, there was no widely accepted view concerning what it meant to practice witchcraft or to be a witch. In some cases, all it took was to be accused of being a witch by someone who disliked you to be executed.
Witches are depicted holding or riding on broomsticks in drawings that date back to the s. The earliest known reference to flying on a broomstick was in during the confession of an accused male witch. Of course, many of the accused witches of the time were tortured in order for the court to get a confession.
They might say anything. It stands to reason that most of the people accused of being witches were innocent. A real witch or warlock would have simply ridden away on a broomstick.Whether your ancestor was actually a practicing witch, or someone accused of or involved with witchcraft or witch hunting, it can add a touch of interest to your family history.
Of course, we're not talking about the witches we think of today - the black pointy hat, the warty nose, and the ragged broomstick. Witchcraft in the late s to the early s Timeline created by burnside In King James authorizes the torture of suspected witches in Scotland. Jan 1, Trier witch trials come to an end Jan 1, Daemonologie, a book about witches written by King James VI, is published History of Environmental Science in the United.
Books shelved as nonfiction-historys: The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman, Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryl. Witchcraft: Witchcraft, the exercise or invocation of alleged supernatural powers to control people or events, practices typically involving sorcery or magic.
Although defined differently in disparate historical and cultural contexts, witchcraft has often been seen, especially in the West, as the work of.
Some witches have great knowledge of how to make herbal potions and charms. A potion is a drink that causes a desired effect in a person's health or behavior.
A charm is a magical incantation (word or phrase), or amulet that helps to bring about the desired effect. The practice of Wicca--Witchcraft as a religion flourishes primarily in English-speaking countries. Wicca has no central authority. The Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts in stemmed from King James' fear of witches - and that fear continued through his son Charles I, and all the way throughout the Stuart dynasty.
Witches were no longer the subject of folklore and medieval myths - they were a real, tangible representation of the devil.