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The History of Witchcraft

By Samuel Hume

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The belief in magic and witchcraft has existed in every recorded human culture; this podcast looks at how people explained the inexplicable, turned random acts of nature into conscious acts of mortal or supernatural beings, and how desperate communities took revenge against the suspected perpetrators. While this might sound like a particularly morbid subject, I aim to present it in an entertaining, but informative, way. Of course, there are cases of genuine tragedy in this history of witchcraft, but with a gap of several hundred years, it's ok for us to find humour in the image of, for example, an Anglo-Saxon witch attempting to ward off the Norman invasion of England by exposing her buttocks. That didn't work very well, if you're wondering...

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Never knew how widespread witchcraft was believed to be. Enjoyed every episode to date

A level student - very helpful!

Thank you for making these as some are so useful for me as an A level history student whose topics include witchcraft. As well as popular culture and reasons for the start and end of witchcraft we study England, Germany and Salem in great depth. If you could produce any podcasts on Hopkins and Salem before the 6th June (our exam) that would be great! They are an excellent revision tool - thanks.

Very very good.

An excellent podcast. Well presented and interesting. I came across it after the podcaster did a guest episode on The History of England, really glad I did as I have really enjoyed his work.

The History of Witchcraft
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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