The evolution of the medieval witch – and why she’s usually a woman

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https://www.heritagedaily.com/2018/10/the-evolution-of-the-medieval-witch-and-why-shes-usually-a-woman/121984

. . .[A]t some point during the 14th and 15th centuries, religious officials perhaps unwittingly conflated two distinct traditions: “learned” magic and “common” magic. The common kind of magic required no formal training, was widely known, could be practised by both men and women, and was usually associated with love, sex and healing.

By contrast, learned magic came to Europe from the east and featured in the “magic manuals” that circulated among educated men whom Richard Kieckhefer described as members of a “clerical underworld”.

Omnium Gatherum: April 20, 2019