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witch-hunt

a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
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Higgs's work is the only known published pamphlet dedicated solely to an Irish witchcraft trial and is generally but erroneously believed to be no longer extant: see Levack, Witch-hunting in Scotland, p.
He fully recognizes, for example, that the papacy did play a role in the formation of the composite notion of witchcraft in the late Middle Ages and that the Inquisition conducted a large number of witchcraft trials in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.
Gillingwater, the Lowestoft historian, though he discussed some aspects of the witchcraft trial, did not mention the Arnolds' involvement in it.
Possessed by the Devil: The Real History of the Islandmagee Witches and Ireland's Only Mass Witchcraft Trial
Then, by comparing The Witch of Edmonton (John Ford, Thomas Dekker, and William Rowley) to its prose source, Henry Goodcole's The Wonderful Discoverie of Elizabeth Sawyer, a Witch, Late of Edmonton, Her Conviction and Condemnation and Death, Kezar demonstrates how the play turns Goodcole's narrative into a spectacle which exposes the complicity of the community, whose own ends were served by the witchcraft trial, into a "fantasy of persecution." Chapter 5 reads Samson Agonistes as Milton's reflection on his own participation in killing a king, and sees the play's resistance to interpretation as "the author's conscious effort to frustrate the predatory interpretative appropriation that it invites" (16).
Alvise Zane, her lawyer in this new trial, chose to cast the defense in the mold of a medical rather than a witchcraft trial. He argued that this was a trial about business concerns.
The trial of Tempel Anneke; records of a witchcraft trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663.
Briggs emphasizes throughout this work the relational aspects of every witchcraft trial; to argue that each accusation is embedded in the society of the accuser and accused, as Briggs does, is to challenge the concept of a "representative" case.
Hugh says the case was different from other witchcraft trials in that a child was the main accuser.
The Puritans were a religious and political party during the Salem witchcraft trials and the play depicts many Puritan traits.
Written at the height of the second wave of feminism in 1976 by British playwright Caryl Churchill, the play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th-century witchcraft trials in England.
are present in the records of the Salem witchcraft trials," (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/witches-curse-clues-evidence/1501/) PBS  says.