Did Climate Change Cause the Witch Hunts?

In 1583, a Spanish ship sank off the west coast of England. The disaster was put down to witchcraft. An elderly woman in Norfolk, Mother Gabley, was blamed for ‘boyling, or rather labouring of certeyne eggs in a payle full of colde water.’ This was not the first time witches had been accused of manipulating the weather to cause disaster and death, nor would it be the last, but could it be a testament to the impact that changing European climate had on spurring on witch hunts which would leave hundreds of thousands dead?

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