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    Why did witch hunting become so intensive in late sixteenth century England?

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    The Dominican monk who wrote "Malleus Maleficium"4 in 1486 derived femina from "Fe" and "Minus" because according to them women were "deceitful" and "imperfect" (made from the "bent" rib of Adam), and the Dominican monks said women were "ever weaker to hold and preserve the faith" than men were. The contemporary Eliphas L�vi, who had been a celibate priest but had left the priesthood, said women were better at sorcery because "they are more easily transported by excess of passion."

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    "From her arrival in 1568, Mary Stuart posed a major threat to the security of Elizabeth and her government". How far do you agree with this judgement?

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    The reason why this is the paramount threat to Elizabeth is because of the number of people who had grievances against the religion and saw Mary Stuart as the way to gain their religion back. Tied into this is the political danger of those Nobles who also had Catholic sympathies but were also in a position to challenge Elizabeth i.e. the Duke of Norfolk who was under demands from Mary Stuart to gain her release from prison by force if needed.

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  • To what extent can Wolsey be considered the master rather than the servant in policy decisions under Henry VIII

    "In order to answer the question of whether Wolsey was the master or the servant in policy decisions under Henry VIII, this essay has shown that although Wolsey demonstrated great skill in administration and was an exceptionally hard worker, Henry VIII was still in overall charge. Wolsey could be seen to be a sycophant, courting favour with the King in order to further his own wealth and career. During the early years of Henry's reign, it is possible that Wolsey could be seen as the master, purely because the youthful Henry was caught up in more amusing affairs. However, Henry always devised policy but left Wolsey to carry it out. Henry recognised Wolsey's abilities and utilised them, but whilst Henry could easily remove Wolsey, Wolsey as a servant of the King was not able to remove Henry. In conclusion, the evidence suggests that Henry VIII and Wolsey formed an effective partnership, but Wolsey was always Henry's servant."

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