In 1642, the Civil War broke out. King Charles I was losing control against the Parliamentarians, many of whom were strong believers in Puritanism, especially in East Anglia.
Puritans believed in religious piety and practicing restraint. No singing, no dancing, and no Christmas were among their new rules, believing such unnecessary merrymaking to be against God’s wishes.
In 1645, fears over the civil war led to puritans trying to find explanations for the chaotic world they lived in. Many of them came to the conclusion that the end of days were near, and that the apocalypse would lead to the devil walking the earth. Because of this, finding witches living among them was to be anticipated. Rigid Puritan belief combined with the terrors of war created the perfect environment for witch hunting to take place.
“In Ipswich, We are sober and grave. We have no drinking, No gambling, No card playing, No ribaldry, And no fashionable clothes. In fact no amusements of any kind.”
The World Turned Upside Down, 2019