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The reign of Henry VIII saw the first law against Witchcraft created. The Witchcraft Act of 1541 was the first to define witchcraft as a felony, a crime punishable by death and the forfeiture of the convicted felon’s goods and chattels. Not unlike the nobility, the church owed much of its influence to wealth acquired in the pursuit of property. — The Inquisition initially provided wealth for the Catholic Church and the monarchy.

The reign of Henry VIII saw the first law against Witchcraft created. The Witchcraft Act of 1541 was the first to define witchcraft as a felony, a crime punishable by death and the forfeiture of the convicted felons goods and chattels.

persecution of a midwife - oppression under conservative medieval church

To ignore the history of religious persecution is to denigrate the message of love, kindness, peace, generosity and tolerance taught by Christ. Persecution of a midwife - oppression under conservative medieval church

catholic inquisition torture | Torture Techniques of the Spanish Inquisition

The other day, as I was surfing through pictures of medieval torture devices (don't ask), I kept noticing that many such tools were invented by, or at least used in, the Spanish Inquisition.

Many of the accused confessed to these charges under torture, and these confessions, even though obtained under duress, caused a scandal in Paris. The prisoners were coerced to confess that they had spat on the Cross

Thomas Keightley in his Secret Societies of the Middle Ages provides this perhaps too vivid account of torture methods that the Templars were likely to have undergone prior to their “confessions”:

Nuns as Torturess

Nuns as Torturess

Mylady de Winter and  Torturess Rebekka

Mylady de Winter and Torturess Rebekka

torture devices by azideaflickr, via Flickr. Prisoner Cage.

torture devices by azideaflickr, via Flickr. Prisoner Cage.