One kind of insight provided by social historians is that witchcraft or witch beliefs performed a social function. Sometimes the function was conscious and cynical, as when Henry VIII accused Anne Boleyn of practicing witchcraft in order to seduce him, or when the inquisitors plotted to arrest rich men and confiscate their goods. Much more frequently, the function was the unconscious need to blame someone for the misfortunes of daily life. If you are impotent, it is less embarrassing and better for your self image if you can place the blame on a sorcerer. If your cow dies, or you fall ill with dysentery, it is more prudent to blame a witch than to blame God. Witchcraft shifts blame for misfortune from an abstract and inscrutable force to an identifiable, punishable individual. If God, or fate, has caused your illness, you have no means of fighting back, but if a witch is responsible, you may be able to fend her off or break her power. If you can have her arrested, tried and executed, her power over you will fail, and your good fortune will return. This belief helps explain the large number of executions; killing the witch is the only way to make sure that she cannot return to exact magical revenge.
Another important function of witchcraft was the same as that of heresy: to define the boundaries of Christianity and achieve the cohesion of the Christian community in the face of a terrifying and powerful army of foes under the generalship of Satan himself. 
In the space of 30 years, 1320 1350, the Inquisition at Carcassone heard no fewer than 400 cases and at least 200 hundred witches were burned, whilst the Holy Office at Toulouse during the same period presided over some 600 cases and sent 400 witches to the stake.
In 1352 8 warlocks were burned at Carcassone; in 1357 no less than 31; whilst from 1387 1400 the Inquistiors of that town, Durand Salranch and Bouit Liestel, delivered over 67 persons, convicted of Witchcraft and of various forms of Gnostic heresy, to the secular arm to be punished according to the law.
A monk of Saint Victor wrote:
“The harlot suffers like the others. She who was wont to part her beautiful hair with golden combs, who painted her beautiful hair with golden combs, who painted her brows and face, who bedecked her fingers with rings, has become a prey to worms, and the food for serpents; a serpent winds itself around her neck, and a viper crushes her breasts.
The agony was not only restricted to whores and fornicators; St. Alberic (d.1109), one of the founders of Citeaux, would have it visited upon women who refused to wet nurse orphans or motherless children, or who only pretended to nourish them; in his Vision, child brides and unworthy mothers were also included.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III
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The Untold History of The White Races Cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
585 pages 720 pictures
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. III is divided into 2 parts. The First part of this volume goes over The Catholic Church’s history during the Dark Ages & Medieval Times. These are a some of the things that are discussed: The Castrati (Castrated Boy Choir), Holy Blood & Organs, Jesus’s Holy Prepuce (Foreskin), The Penance & Anathema, The Fish Bishop, Saints that Levitate, The Incorruptible Saints, The Nun Manias, All Religious Holidays explained, The Heretics: The Luciferians, The Spanish Inquisition. The Second half of this book is a focus on the art of the times. These are the subjects reviewed: Monsters & Gargoyles, Castles & Knight Armory, More on Medicine & Magic, More on Werewolves, Demons & Hell, Over 100 Different Black Madonnas & Moorish Saints, The Catacomb Bone Churches, The Bejewelled Saints, Aliens, Astrology & Alchemy………………….
SYFY WIRE: The case against accused witch Anne Boleyn.