> Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 22:12:55 -0400
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> True, but a high percentage does not mean that women were targeted for merely
> being women.
You are right, they were targeted for being witches. And that stood
in a direct connection to the regard in which the church held women.
> We know as a matter of historical fact, the Spanish Inquisition
> was originally conceived as an anti-Semitic pogrom, conceived of by a monk
> named Torquemada, with the full backing and support of Queen Isabel. Like
> all witch hunts, it soon took a life of it's own and others became targeted
> as well. Midwives were one of these groups, as doctors sought to expand
> their practices. (I know it sounds bizarre, but it's true.) The Inquisition
> was also used as tool to weed out political dissidents, and even more
> importantly religious dissidents. (i.e. Protestants)
But was, in fact, much more lenient to such dissidents than it was to
witches. Yes, they also burnt some men here and there, and committed
a number of atrocities against a numebr of larger groups, but women
were, for most of it's existence, it's primary target.
RAY (Raimund Karl,University of Vienna,Dep.of Prehistory)
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