Here is a small amount of basic history concerning witches and witch practice:
The Burning Times: Any threatening return of prejudice against/persecution of Witches and neo-pagans by religous groups, law-enforcement, employers, politicians etc.
Between the 15th and the 18th century were the Vindictive Witch Hunts.
- Between 1563-1603
- 17,000 killed in Scotland
- 70,000 killed in England 1573
- Salem witch trial is a well-known example
The concepts of the Burning Times can make witches sensitive, especially when it comes to anything percieved as an attack. The Book of Shadows got it's name due to the fact that witches back then had to practice underground, and could not call something their 'Book of Spells' openly.
If there are any mistakes, feel free to correct me, in fact I welcome it. This knowledge was passed down through my coven.