When Wise Women Were Witches
The wiping out of women healers in medieval Europe
“Do you heal sick persons?” the imposing interrogator asked the frail, aging woman.
“Yes, sir,” replied Gostanza da Libbiano, a 60-year-old nun who practiced as a midwife and healer in Tuscany, Italy. It was 1594 and Gostanza was on trial for witchcraft.