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date: 26 September 2018

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This article discusses the role of religious reform, zeal, and conflict; polemical sermonizing; demonizing rhetoric; and changing views of women in the intensification of witch-hunting. It highlights the relationship between the prosecution of witches and that of other heretics, and discusses the relevance of both spiritualism and Biblicism to the rise and fall of prosecutions.

Keywords: witch-hunting, witch prosecutions, religious reform, spiritualism, Biblicism

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