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England's Last Witches - A History Conversation
England's Last Witches - A History Conversation

Sun, 10 Oct


England's Last Witches - A History Conversation

John Callow talks about English witch belief, exemplified in the famous Bideford case: animal familiars, erotic tensions, poverty and misogyny

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10 Oct 2021, 19:00 – 20:30

About The Event

England had relatively few witch crazes, but in 1682 in Bideford, a mass panic saw three women convicted and executed. England's last, they were remembered  by Greenham Common protestors who made their names into a protest chant; and by generations of West Country folk who retold their stories from the Victorian age through to the present.  John Callow talks about his findings in this famous case that had it all: animal familiars, sinister witch hunters, community hardship, misogyny, and dark erotic tensions. It will be on zoom, and he will be in conversation with Christina Oakley Harrington. Everyone attending can join in the Q & A. John Callow's new book is The Last Witches of England  (Bloomsbury, 2021).

John Callow has written widely on Early Modern witchcraft, politics and popular culture. His books include Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe (co-authored with Geoffrey Scarre); James II: King in Exile; and Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft. He has appeared on on The Salem Witches (Discovery Channel's four-part series), on The One Show to discuss the roots of Hallowe’en; on the BBC Radio 4 documentary It Must be Witchcraft; and on Find My Past's The Great Fire of London. 


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    You will receive your zoom link in a second email at 4pm on the day of the event. In addition, you will receive a link and password at 1pm the day after the event which will be valid for 7 days to view the recording of the lecture.

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