I haven’t been online for more than fifteen minutes and already I’m working on another post about the history of witchcraft. Like I thought I had seen the most offensive reblog of that post, but nooo, of course not!
I should just make my own post about the historical context of the Founders’ era. It irritates the hell out of me when people take laws and statements from one kingdom and use them to say that there was no witch persecution anywhere in Europe at that time! I just saw someone use a book as reference to support that claim which actually contains several mentions of widespread witch persecutions under the Carolingians. Maybe they didn’t read the whole thing?
I mean I suppose I should be used to this, because I’ve heard people use a law in the Admonitio Generalis to say that Charlemagne outlawed witch burnings, without realizing that the law is actually against ritually burning and cannibalizing people accused of sorcery because it’s “a pagan practice”; meanwhile the Admonitio Generalis also says to execute people who practice weather working and fortune telling and various other forms of sorcery. I’ve heard people quote Charlemagne’s statements about belief in witchcraft being heresy without acknowledging that his son, King Louis the Pious, had people burned, drowned and beheaded for suspected sorcery. All of which happened around the same period that Hogwarts was founded, and I strongly suspect that Salazar came from a region of northern Spain which was under Louis’ rule in that time.
But yeah, sure, keep believing that witch burnings only REALLY started in the early modern period and taking stuff out of context to support that idea.