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Witch Persecutions, Women, and Social Change–Germany: 1560 – 1660

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in art, reformation, renaissance, witchcraft, women's history | 1 comment

Witch Persecutions, Women, and Social Change–Germany: 1560 – 1660

“The Evil Wife” by Israhel van Meckenem, 1440/1445-1503A woman, encouraged by a demon, beats her husband with her distaff. PART TWO By the latter half of the 15th century, the feudal agrarian economy was beginning to crumble, while the capitalist market economy was growing more and more powerful, as did economic competition between men and women. Men active in the market economy tried to further their interests by simultaneously excluding women from many professions and trying to marginalize the domestic economy by claiming that home-produced goods were inferior to shop-produced...

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