Witchcraft History


JUNE 6, 2008

Welcome to the Witchcraft history site! If you are interested in Withcraft or are looking for information about Witchcraft history then you have come to the right place. The Witchcraft History site is one of the leading online resources about the history of witchcraft from the Salem Witchcraft Trials to Witchcraft in the Elizabethan Age.


Witchcraft is the use of various types of magical or mystical powers. A practitioner of witchcraft is what we call a witch. In many cultures witchcraft has been linked with Satan and evil. Witchcraft is commonly characterized by its applying of magic, also known as Witchcraft Charms. Witchcraft in essence can be roughly defined as the power of a person in witch a force or matter is used to harm or influence nature through occult means. It has been believed in by most known cultures. Indeed, the fact that belief in witchcraft and magic has largely been rejected in post Enlightenment Europe and North America could be seen as one of the distinguishing features of the cultures of those continents in modern times.

Witchcraft and Christianity

Although the attitude of the Christianity with respect to some magical practices, such as the astrology or the alchemy, was at certain moments ambiguous, the sentence of the witchcraft was explicit and unequivocal from the beginnings of the Christian religion. In the High Average Age several laws condemned the witchcraft, cradles as much in the example of the Roman right like in the will eradicating all those practices related to the paganism. Nevertheless, the ecclesiastical attitude does not seem to have been too belligerent during first half of the Average Age, as they testify documents like Canon Episcopi.

The situation changed when the Church began to persecute the heresies tasted and valdense. Both granted a great importance to the demon, and for these Christian communities this one was customized in the Papal Roman Church, due to its great abuses. The cátaros especially talked about to her like "prostituta". In order to fight these heresies the pontifical Inquisición in century XIII was created. In the following century they begin to appear in the processes by witchcraft the accusations of pact with the Devil, the first determining element in the modern concept of witchcraft.