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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Voldemort’s “Unusual Evil”

Voldemort’s “Unusual Evil”

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(p.172) Chapter 16 Voldemort’s “Unusual Evil”
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The Supervillain Reader
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Adam Davidson-Harden

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0016

This essay takes readers from the 15th to the 21st century, and shows how midwives, “these educated and trusted, yet non-conforming women were uniquely imperiled by their learnedness and vocation, one critical to the survival, health, and well-being of their communities,” and how this conflation of knowledge, gender, and persecution continues (and is sometimes contested) in contemporary pop culture representations. Midwifes were often the targets of hysterical claims of witchcraft, which some argue has been blown out of proportion. Widows and unmarried women were also targeted. Midwives were often highly trained and skillful medical practitioners.

Keywords:   Witches, Malles Maleficarum/Hammer of Witches, Christianity, Midwifery, Feminism

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