Saturday, December 22, 2012

1910 : Sounds like we are just about there

From Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton

In seventeenth-century England Matthew Hopkins, the “Witch Finder Generall,” developed a test for witchcraft. You weighted the accused woman down—with stones, or by tying her to a chair—and then threw her into a river or a lake. If she floated, she was a witch, and merited burning; if she sank and drowned, she was innocent.

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