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Witches and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages. Written by Simon Newman History - Middle Ages Witchcraft in the Middle Ages was a controversial crime that was equally punishable to poisoning.

Witches and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages

If one was accused of witchcraft, the charges could be dropped by a relative’s defense in a trial by combat, or by twelve people swearing an oath of the accused’s innocence. In the case of a relative defending the accused, the accuser was required to pay a fine. With the rise of Christianity witchcraft became a superstition, and, as such, persecution of witchcraft persisted through the Middle Ages. History In the 5th century AD, Christian theologian St. Conversely, St. In the 8th century, St. Anti-witchcraft laws began to rise in the 7th to 9th centuries. Before the 13th century witchcraft was known as a collection of practices and beliefs associated with healing. Witches and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages began to be considered as “demon-worship” by the beginning of 13th century. During this time St. Magic -Black Magic -White Magic Appearance Practices. Medieval Witchcraft. Facts and interesting information about Medieval Life,specifically, Medieval Witchcraft Medieval Witchcraft - White Witches, Wise Women and Cunning FolkDuring the early and middle Medieval era, up to the Renaissance period, the wisdom of the 'Wise women' or 'Cunning Folk' - the White Witches - were seen as helpful, if not invaluable, members of their communities.

Medieval Witchcraft

Their knowledge of the healing properties of various plants and herbs were often passed down through the generations. Their role was to provide help for people in need. Medieval Witchcraft - Black WitchesThe White witches were clearly distinguished from the 'Black' witches. The 'Black' witches were seen as those who practised the secret arts of Medieval witchcraft in order to do physical or practical harm to others. Medical Astrology and Astrological Medicine. By Peter Morrell Astrology as applied to medicine has very ancient roots, for example in India, China and Egypt, but it reached its fullest flowering in Europe in the late medieval and early modern periods, c1450-1700.

Medical Astrology and Astrological Medicine

The influence of astrology also entered European medicine from the Arab countries. Basically it is no exaggeration to say that astrology dominated everything during that period and thus many systems of knowledge depended upon it, were symbiotic with it, or made reference to it in their worldview. In the case of medicine, astrologers assigned signs of the zodiac to rule over parts of the body, planets to rule over organs and systems, and planets to rule over diseases and drugs.

Thus the whole system is one of observation and interpretation based upon a complex system of given Rulerships. This is clearly shown by Dygges in his 1555 manuscript: History - Thomas Becket. Geoffrey Chaucer - Author, Poet. English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the unfinished work, The Canterbury Tales.

Geoffrey Chaucer - Author, Poet

It is considered one of the greatest poetic works in English. Synopsis Poet Geoffrey Chaucer was born circa 1340 in London, England. In 1357 he became a public servant to Countess Elizabeth of Ulster and continued in that capacity with the British court throughout his lifetime. The Canterbury Tales became his best known and most acclaimed work. Early Life Poet Geoffrey Chaucer was born circa 1340, most likely at his parents’ house on Thames Street in London, England. Geoffrey Chaucer is believed to have attended the St. In 1357, Chaucer became a public servant to Countess Elizabeth of Ulster, the Duke of Clarence’s wife, for which he was paid a small stipend—enough to pay for his food and clothing. Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer is the most famous writer of Medieval England.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer immortalised Medieval England in the ‘Canterbury Tales’ – the stories of various people gravitating to Canterbury Cathedral at the end of a pilgrimage. Geoffrey Chaucer has to go down as one of Britain’s finest writers. No one knows the exact date of Chaucer’s birth. Chaucer was probably born sometime between 1340 and 1345. Chaucer’s mother is thought to have been Agnes de Copton and his father was called John. John Chaucer’s trade relied on foreign exports and imports. In 1357, Geoffrey Chaucer was sent off to be a page in the household of the Duchess of Ulster. The Middle Ages: Feudal Life.