In medieval times, witchcraft became linked with disabled people. During the ‘Great Witch Hunts’ of 1480-1680, the Malleus Maleficarum, a book also known as ‘The Hammer of Witches’, went to 70 editions in 14 languages. It told how to identify witches by their impairments, by ‘evidence’ of them creating impairments in others, or by them giving birth to a disabled child. Between eight and 20 million people, mainly women, were put to death as witches across Europe. A good proportion of these were disabled.

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 3:06 am  Comments Off on Witches  
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