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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2020, 2(11); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2020.021114.

Trials and Witnesses for Witches in the Fifteen Century


Dening Li

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Dening Li

Grand International School, Qingdao 370200, China


The author shows how to start the proceeding of a trial. The most important and special section is how to choose witness and how to ensure the fairness of the trial in terms of the witches. So they indicate three common approaches to accuse in different situation, and some specific question about witness, including the status, number, and identity. And author adds that judges have the ability to force witness to give the truth by means of oath, and to examine them several times.


Inquisition, Sorceress, Excommunication, Ecclesiastical judge, Secular judge, Heretical, Denunciation, Accusation

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Dening Li. Trials and Witnesses for Witches in the Fifteen Century. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 11: 93-95. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2020.021114.


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