During the middle ages, every woman and her neighbor could be accused of being a witch. The people believed that witches were evil women who had closed a pact with the Devil. Witches would fly around on broomsticks and possessed many different powers. A few of the strangest things people believed about witches is that if you saw a horse sweating in the morning, it was said to have been ridden by a witch through the night (hag-ridden). Another strange ability witches were said to have was that they could sail the seas on an eggshell.