Which witches?

Maybe “gynocide” wasn’t so totally gynocidal: The victims of the witch hunt history would rather forget. Of the 60,000 or so persons executed for witchcraft in Europe between 1450 and 1750, perhaps 12-20,000 were men. In some regions, such as Burgundy, Normandy and Iceland, men were a majority of those accused. Those aren’t facts the dominant feminist school of witch history has latched on to, but a couple of English historians have finally written a book about them. The importance of witches to feminists and witch hunts to liberals makes the book—oddly—something of an event.

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