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Mar 25, 2018

Today we look at the political intentions behind the pamphlet, the Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster, and how it was purposefully written to match the published opinions of James I. We further examine how James began to regret both his Daemonologie and the act he had circulated in 1604, as he faced yet more cases of fraudulent claims of witchcraft, and a judiciary that was too eager to please.

This episode primarily makes use of the following sources:

  • Holmes, R., Witchcraft in British History (1974)
  • MacFarlane, A., Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (London, 1970)
  • Levack, B., 'State-Building and Witch Hunting', in Darren Oldridge (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader (London, 2002)
  • Poole, R., (ed.), The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories (2002)
  • Potts, T., The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster (1613)

A full bibliography can be found on the website.

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