Know Thyself 38: Witch Hunts and Black Mass

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Today we stare into the hooked nose of a most troubling historical evidence of our capacity for hysteria: the witch craze.

How did witches go from being village wise women and cunning folk to enemy number one, a mortal threat to God and good Christians everywhere? How did burning old men and women for fun and profit become a respectable hobby?

In this episode we cover the 1324 case of Alyse Kyteler, Petronilla de Midia (aka Meath), and Bishop Ledrede...

We look back at the stirrings of the witch mania in Europe...

And outline the Black Mass as it struck terror into the hearts of Medieval peoples.

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