The World, The Flesh and the Devil

Robert W. Thurston looks at the politics of demonology and rethinks attitudes to witches and women between 1400 and 1700.

'Nightmare', by Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard (1800)

All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman ... [She is] an evil of nature ... [Women] are more credulous; and since the chief aim of the devil is to corrupt faith, therefore he rather attacks them ... Women ...  are intellectually like children ... [A woman] always deceives.


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