Early Modern British Crime and Punishment


Witch hunting becme a popular and well known thing during this time. 

Well known hunter Matthew Hopkins used a number of different ways to identify witches.

- Having a witch mark; often a large mole or wart.

- Typically older women, but not exclusively.

- Having a familiar animal; an animal that was a representation of the devil come to feed off the witches power via her witch mark.

- Missing church; people in league with the devil would not want to attend church.

- Unintelligible muttering; if someone was muttering in a way that could not be understood and something bad happened it might be thought that they were casting a spell.

Many women blamed were unfortunate people who


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