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WITCHES AND THEIR PUNISHMENT
Witches were forbidden in Medieval times, especially in England. Sorcery however was very popular and something had to be done about it. It made Medieval people feel uneasy especially since England and Europe were considered a Christian nation. Witches were seen as devilish. most natural disasters were blamed on them because people believed through "magic" potions and spells the witches triggered the disaster.
The most common torture for a witch/Sorcerer was been burnt at the stake. Some other forms of torture included been left naked, legs and arms spread out, under the sun. This resulted in extremely bad sun burns. Another form of torture for witches was been hanged.
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The witches statement is actually wrong. People seem to believe that witches were always burned alive at the stake. This was a punishment that was actually used on Heretics or People who had committed treasonable acts against the King or Church. The most famous Heretic being Joan of Arc. It was believed that a witch came from the Devil, the Devil resided within Flame (Hell) so if the witch or warlock was burnt they were being sent back to their Master, a place that they longed to be. To stop this, the supposed witch or warlock was always Hung.
Another form or torture was the Word of God. The accused Witch was sat upon a chair that was balanced against the weight of the Bible, if the Witch was heavier than the Bible she was innocent. However, because their was no book as heavy as a person , they would weight the Bible down with stones thus making it impossible for the Witch to declare their innocence.
To discover if the witch was guilty, they would also PRICK them. This would be a long needle like spike that would be inserted into the flesh of the accused and removed quickly, if the needle showed blood they were innocent, however if the needle was clean they were guilty. But because the needle was always inserted slowly and withdrawn quickly, the wound will only bleed after the needle had left the body, but the needle spike wouldn't show any blood. Also the Pricking stick was normally made from a dull coloured metal, so if blood was on the spike it was disguised.
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