Do you hate your husband? Well, you can get rid of him with this super easy, magical way: first, you want to “coat yourself in honey, roll naked in grain and then, cook him up some deadly bread with flour milled from this mixture.” If one were to live in the Middle Ages where magic was a bit of a taboo subject, this type of ritual may have been a commonplace compared to the current times. While even though magic users such as wizards, necromancers, and alchemists used this genre of practice on almost a daily basis, there were certainly some major concerns with mentioning these hobbies to anyone. Despite these concerns, there are a multitude of people who are known for their magical abilities and the history they have created. When one thinks of a witch, the first thing that tends to come to mind is an old lady with warts on her crooked nose and curses at the ready, however, that idea of what a witch is, didn’t come about until the 15th century ; in reality, most magic users were average, day-to-day men. There was someone called Heinrich Kramer, who wrote a book called the Malleus Maleficarum, meaning Hammer of Witches, that stated that women had a natural spiritual weakness and were easy to conform to the ideals of the Devil, which is where women’s connection to sorcery came from, because many people believed that spell-casting and rituals were the works of Satan. The Medieval times were actually a strange era regarding magic, while many church officials claimed that witches were actually illusionists, they condemned people that practiced it and eventually, began witch-hunts, killing any that they found. While this was the thought process for a while, once the 15th century came about, people worldwide began believing that female witches, were actually people that made deals with the devil to perform great feats impossible to do on their own. While many of them used their powers to heal and help others, and not to harm others, because it was thought of to have satanic influences, they were condemned all the same by church officials and were continued to be struck down (HistoryExtra). One well known “witch” was a man named Michael Scott, who was considered “the most renowned and feared sorcerer and alchemist in the thirteenth century,” however, throughout his endeavors, he was granted the sobriquet, the “Wizard of the North.” During his time, he was called upon by Frederick II, the King of the Holy Roman Empire, to answer questions regarding the universe and decided to invite the famous scholar to his court. While during these times, the two came to form a very “testing friendship,” on one occasion, Frederick asked Michael to calculate the distance between the top of a church to Heaven, and in an attempt to truly figure out if Michael was being honest, he secretly reduced the height of the church to see if Michael was lying. However, Michael knew what he had done, and in response stated, “Either heaven has drawn further away from the earth – or the tower has got smaller!” Despite this knowledge, he was also known for his prophecies, one of which included his own death, one that involved having a falling stone fall and crash onto his head. Due to this prediction, he began to wear a metal hat but, even with his caution, during a time of prayer, he removed his headgear and was then struck on the head by a piece of falling masonry. While there is plenty of scrutiny on the authenticity of his prophecies and magic, he became one of the most academically renowned people of his generation and many to come (The Haunted Palace).