People, usually women, were accused of being witches because of many different reasons. People were accused of being witches because of their skills in medicine. Because most poor people could not get doctors, women would cure people out of herbs and folk remedies.
Women who were knowledgeable about medicine and curing were sometimes feared by other people because people thought these cures were against the beliefs of Christianity. Castle doctors would become jealous of these women and therefore accuse them of being witches. Since these women effectively used herbs and medicine, there were cases when they were summoned to the castle to cure a person, which they usually would. Castle doctors believed that these women were stealing their jobs, and got jealous at them.
Priests would call people witches when they were using herbs and remedies. Christianity was a big religion in the Middle ages, and it was very critical because the middle ages was a time of superstition. Priests and christians thought that the cures these women used were against the rules and beliefs of Christianity. Therefore, the women would be called witches and punished. These “witches” were punished in gruesome ways, like burning and drowning. It continued until King Kalman of Hungary ordered no more witch trials or burnings in his country. But in other places, witch hunts continued even until 1944, when a woman was put on trial for being a witch in Britain. These beliefs about witches just shows us more how the middle ages was a time of superstition and beliefs.
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