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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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Straightforward, succinct and well worth a listen

It is astonishingly well researched and replete with details that bring aspects of whichever period or place being examined


I started listening to this podcast in October 2018 as a fun thing to do before Halloween, I didn’t intend to listen beyond October. I have since become obsessed listening every night before bed and even at work. Probably the best history podcast I have ever listened too.

Well crafted and thoroughly researched history podcast

Really fantastic show, great production and insanely researched covering everything about witchcraft throughout history. Plenty of context and first hand sources are used. Brutal but not gross - I’m creeped out and still feel like I’m learning! Weird.

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

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