Are there such things as a witch?If the answer is yes, then what do they look like?Where do they live?In what way are they different from the modern day illusionist or magician?If the answer is no, then explain why nearly the entire population of Europe was convinced that witches existed for more then a century so much so, in fact, that a section of their written laws was devoted to the steps for discovery and prosecution of witchesIf you were to ask the average individual in North America what they new about witches, they would probably mention something about the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts during colonial America.The fact of the matter is that the twenty witch burnings that took place in Salem in 1692 pale in comparison to the witch craze that engulfed Western Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries . If the entire population of a continent believed in witches, then it is unquestionable they do exist, or at least did exist, right?One logical way to accurately answer these questions is to examine books pertaining to the controversial subject of witches. The two books chosen for this investigation provide both a macro and a micro perspective on the European witch craze.Joseph Klaits; Servants of Satan: The Age of Witch Hunts gives a general overview of the witch hunt craze of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.The more detailed book A Case of Witchcraft: The Trial of Urbain Grandier by Robert Rapley, on the other hand, describes a specific series of events, which occur during the same time period.By comparing these two books, an understanding of the political, religious, and social attitudes of that era can be obtained.Thus, once this understanding is outlined then perhaps these witch related questions can be answered.
In order to understand these books more clearly, the scene must be set for the impending investigation.Although the witch craze was a phenomeno…