Although the total number of victims is unknown, an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 women were executed over a period of 300 or more years during the witch trials.
The Burning Times (1990) This amazing documentary exposes the European witch hunts as a female holocaust carried out by the Christian church. It took the Church three hundred years of terror and death to transform the image of paganism into devil worship, and folk culture into heresy.
Summis Desiderantes Affectibus | Desiring with Supreme Passion
5 December 1484 Pope Innocent VIII began the holocaust against women with his directive, Summis Desiderantes Affectibus, which recognized the existence of witches and gave full papal approval for the inquisition eam to move against witches and starting 300 years of extreme violence against women. The peak of witch hunting was during the European wars of religion, climaxing from 1580 to 1630. The witch hunts declined in the early 18th century, culminating with the British Witchcraft Act of 1735, but there were sporadic witch-trials until the last known which trial in 1782.
Women and Spirituality
Written by Erna Buffie and directed by Donna Read, this Trilogy of of stories examines the history of women and spirituality.
Although The Burning Times goes with this post it is the second film in a Trilogy so I included all three for your viewing pleasure.