> Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 19:08:31 -0300
> From: Neil Alasdair McEwan <[log in to unmask]>
> > Well, it was much larger. About 80-90% (varying in different parts of
> > Europe and other parts of the world) of the victims in the witchhunts
> > were females, and those witchhunts were at least strongly influenced
> > by the Inquisition. As such, this is significant, I'd say.
> But it isn't relevant to the original point -- someone claimed that
> the *Inquisition* was chiefly directed at women, but the witchhunts and the
> Inquisition were not the same thing. It's a bit like saying that cats
> were the primary focus of the Inquisition because so many of them were
> killed by superstitious people at that same period in history.
Well, it is relevant to that degree, that most historians tend to
agree that the witchhunts are a direct result from the Inquisition,
and in fact a many of them were carried out by the Inquisition. Of
course, the Inquisition also excelled in diverse atrocities against
"heretics" like the Albigenses, Waldenses and similar "sects", but it
definitly also had a very pronounced anti-female approach.
RAY (Raimund Karl,University of Vienna,Dep.of Prehistory)
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