Early Modern The Witch Craze | KS3 & GCSE History | History Bombs

6. Early Modern

6.5 The Witch Craze

Lesson description

Witchcraft has a long and ancient history, but in 16th and 17th century England and Scotland there was a spike in the prosecution of so-called witches. Why was there such a rise in witch trials at this time and is it a coincidence that they often coincided with social unrest?

This lesson contains:

  • An introduction to the history of witch trials and witchcraft prosecutions around the 16th and 17th centuries, in England and Scotland.
  • An exploration of the different social, political, and economical factors that encouraged the fear of witchcraft and caused a rise in witch trials.
  • The powerful influence of certain individuals, including James I and the Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins, in fuelling the flames of the witch craze.