Early Modern England and Wales How rational were supernatural beliefs in Early modern England and Wales?
Supernatural beliefs and belief in witchcraft were popular during the early modern period. To consider the rationality of these beliefs necessitates that we consider them in the context of the period. To impose our modern ideas of rationality and reason upon the beliefs of this period takes them totally out of context and renders them irrelevant and possibly even ridiculous. When we study them within the period we can see the beliefs as part of the structure of society and being affected by cultural, religious and political factors, this in turn gives us a good basis on which to judge thei…
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