The Witch Craze in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz

The Witch Craze in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz


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Witchcraft iconography has been a key component of popular culture throughout history — the word conjures pictures of evil, wart-nosed women huddling over a cauldron of boiling liquid and cackling ladies riding through the sky on brooms wearing pointy hats. The true history of witches, however, is dark and, often for the witches, deadly.

Follow along as we explore the trajectory of European’s witch-hunting craze from the Renaissance to the Scientific Revolution. During this period, more than 80,000 suspected witches – most of whom were elderly women – were accused of consorting with the devil, practicing witchcraft, and executed without due process of the law. Many, however, were simply natural healers whose profession and skill were vastly misunderstood.

This seminar will provide a historical context to the witch hunt craze and will take a deeper dive into the social and intellectual causes of this wanton violence towards women. Witch hysteria really took hold in Europe during the mid-1400s, when many accused witches confessed, often under torture, to a variety of wicked behaviors. Within a century, witch hunts were common and most of the accused were executed by burning at the stake or hanging. Research has shown that Germany had the highest witchcraft execution rate, while Ireland had the lowest. 

Led by historian Dr. Teofilo Ruiz, this interactive seminar will deepen participants’ knowledge of the pursuit of witches in European history. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, we will emerge with a greater understanding of the factors which played into a suspected witch's execution and the religious and political contexts of this mass hysteria. 

Teo F. Ruiz, PhD is a Cuban-American medieval historian and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. He is the author of 15 books.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Tina Lundberg (Brussels, BE)

What a sharp mind! With facts, figures and anecdotes, Dr Teofilo Ruiz is guiding the audience through the murky practices around the witch craze in Europe. I especially liked the fact that without renouncing the scholarly basis, he managed to bring in a warm, personal and highly humane understanding of the processes. A lovely moment!

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Tina Lundberg (Brussels, BE)

What a sharp mind! With facts, figures and anecdotes, Dr Teofilo Ruiz is guiding the audience through the murky practices around the witch craze in Europe. I especially liked the fact that without renouncing the scholarly basis, he managed to bring in a warm, personal and highly humane understanding of the processes. A lovely moment!

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stacey kripke (Toledo, US)

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