In Nicolas Cage's new film 'Season of the Witch,' in which he plays a 14th-century knight who must transport a suspected witch to a monastery, the witch actually has supernatural powers. (Just not enough to escape, apparently.)

That's a twist on most movie witch hunts, where, true to history, most of the accused witches were ordinary women who were entirely innocent of consorting with the devil, ruining their neighbors' crops, bewitching men with sinful thoughts or whatever else their accusers dreamed up.

Men and women being tortured and subjected to cruel trials doesn't just make for nail-biting cinema, it makes for some real-life scathing commentary whenever modern-day politicians dive back into the Dark Ages. Follow us, then, as we get a little Medieval.
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