Witch trial

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Witch trials were mostly only seen towards the end of period and the real craze on witch trials only occured in the 16th and 17th centuries.

There are a number of period source documents of witch trials most of which involved fairly circumstantial evidence. By the middle of the 17th century the burning to death of witches was illegal and transportation was the preferred punishment.

The inquisitions that occured in period were almost always given the power to force confessions from people thought to be witches. Often the methods of torture used were designed such that a person could be proven innocent only by their death.