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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

why did the people of Norwich kill witches?

I know it was along time ago but is it wrong to call yourself a city that embraces killing witches?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    because everywhere was doing it if you hated your neighbour you just had to find the tiniest rumour and your neighbour was gone. its like how villages in poland etc in world war II started executing jewish villagers before the nazi's crossed the border when they heard they were coming

    humans under the right circumstances can be brutal monsters to themselves, just historical events draw tourists

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  • 1 decade ago

    There were witch hunts at various times and in a wide variety of places during the early modern period. Between about 1450 and 1750, approximately 40-50,000 people were executed as witches in western Europe. Norwich was not the only place where witch trials took place by any means. They took place all over England, Scotland, France, Germany (Germany had the largest number of witch trials) and also to a lesser extent in Spain and Italy.

    People who lived in the country were more likely to start witch hunts than those who lived in towns, the closeness of village life seemed to more often give rise to the kind of tensions that caused witchcraft accusations to erupt. Witch hunts were also more likely to occur at periods of social tension: wars, bad harvests, and epedemics of disease were all triggers for witch hunts.

    However, most witches were tried in court, and, since witchcraft was a difficult charge to prove, and juries were generally reluctant to bring in a 'guiltyu' verdict, about 50% of those tried for witchcraft were acquitted.

    And it had very little to do with the church(as answers above suggest). The church on the whole did not get involved in witch hunts.

    And the number of people hanged for witchcraft was tiny compared to the number who were hanged for such crimes as petty theft for instance. there were about 200 crimes for which you could be hanged in England by about 1800.

    I am curious to know why Norwich is particularly singled out by you for criticism re. the witch hunts?

    Source(s): Witches and Neighbours by Robin Briggs Witch, Wicce, Mother Goose by Robert W. Thurston Witchcraft, a History by P.G. Maxwell-Stuart
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  • 6 years ago

    This was probably due to the Jewish ritual murder of William of Norwich in 1144 AD. Witches use the pentagram which is the same as the tetragrammaton. This is Luciferian witchcraft from Jewish Talmudic practice. True witches are of Jewish female descent.

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  • Tim D
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    1 decade ago

    Norwich comes from the Anglo-Saxon Northwic (North Wic = North Port). No embracing, no witches.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The designation of "CITY" depends on the presence of a CATHEDRAL in the town... it has nothing to do with with witches.

    Most simple cultures killed witches because they FEARED THEM and their SUPPOSED POWER. The Indians in the AmeriKan southwest and in Mexico ALSO killed witches.. so it wasn't limited to Norwich.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because a translation of the bible at the time said "thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". Religious fervour at the time made the people take it literally.

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  • 1 decade ago

    they all did years ago but they missed one and she now lives in Gornal

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because they weren't very clever

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because they were WITCHES!!!! BURN THE HERETICS, THEY DARE DEFY THE CHURCH WITH THEIR WITCHCRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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