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					                  Grace Sherwood


1. Who was she?
2. How do you receive an allegation of witchcraft?
   -- acting suspiciously
   -- someone miscarried a baby after talking to her, etc.
                     Grace Sherwood


3. Trial by dunking (initially)
    -- “cross tie” the big toes and the thumbs
    -- throw her in water
    -- sinking was good for the verdict; bad for the health
    -- floating was good for the health, bad for the verdict



                                           Question:
          Question:
 How do you win or lose           What is the method of the
                                   trial used in this case?
      the case?
     Question:
But what is a critical
    difference?


                                Question:
                         What are the similarities
                         between these two cases
                          (Jesus and Witch trials)?
  (From past
  questions)
                   0
                   0
Compare\Contrast
  the two trials   0
                   Grace Sherwood


2. Similarities
    -- both involve allegations of metaphysics
    -- both threaten the community in important ways
                  Grace Sherwood


3. Important difference
   -- only one threatened the ruling establishment
   -- the other merely spooked the town at night (made it
   difficult to sleep)

          Question:
   Why not use the same
    method of trial used
    before (inquisition)?
                     0
                     0
 Why not use the
same trial method?   0
                   Grace Sherwood


   … this was much more of a metaphysical problem than a
   political one.
   -- required its own (specialized) ritual?
4. next stage:
   Professional inspection of the anatomy
   -- locals apparently didn’t like what they saw
                                               Question:
                                    What is the next stage of
                                         the process?
                   Grace Sherwood


   … this was much more of a metaphysical problem than a
   political one.
   -- required its own (specialized) ritual?
4. next stage:
   Professional inspection of the anatomy
   -- locals apparently didn’t like what they saw
                                               Question:
   The Trial as Ritual
                                     What is the point of all
                                    this? Why am I showing
                                           you this?

				
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