Even as our understanding of witches and witchcraft evolves, the stereotype of the harmful female witch still exists in the present day. But where did this image come from? In this class, we'll investigate one of the most influential and misogynistic pieces of witch-hunting literature: The Malleus Maleficarum (1486). Together we'll dive deep into this text and explore how it contributed to a negative portrayal of witches, informed popular conceptions of dark magic in the west, and impacted the infamous European witch trials.
Please note: While we're not able provide a beverage for you during class, we encourage students to grab their favorite beverage - alcoholic or non-alcoholic - to enjoy during this virtual happy hour.
This class is appropriate for ages 18+.
This class will take place online through Zoom. Links to Zoom classes will be sent out 1 hour prior to the start of class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.
Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).
About the teacher:
Maya Rook of Illusory Time is a historian, educator, and yoga instructor living in Maine. With the History Happy Hour event series, she breathes new life into the past, making historical topics accessible, relevant, and fun. Curious to learn more? Get to know Maya's unique approach that blends critical insight with humor and empathy on her podcast. Then sign up for a class, grab a beverage of your choice, and discover something new!
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