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If you're on this page, then either two things have happened; first, you're already a fan of the show and have come for new episodes, information, or to contact me. If so, welcome back! Scroll down to find episodes of the History of Witchcraft, or look to the top of the page for information to contact me.

The second reason you might be here is that you've stumbled across a link in a recommendation and are wondering what on earth this is all about. Simply put, this is the history podcast on all things magical, where we examine notable beliefs in witchcraft or the supernatural, and how these beliefs sometimes let to bloodshed. Fun stuff! If you want to know more, click 'About' at the top of the page!

About

- The Show

The belief in magic and witchcraft has existed in every recorded human culture; a way to explain the inexplicable, to turn random acts of nature into conscious acts of mortal or supernatural beings, and to allow desperate communities to take revenge against the suspected perpetrators. This podcast attempts to understand the cultural motivations behind these beliefs, as well as the actions taken against witches.

 

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. When we discuss particularly graphic events, which there sadly are in this topic, I will always try and give a warning at the start of the episode.

 

 

- Me!

If you're curious about me, I am Samuel Hume, a PhD candidate in Modern History at the University of Aberdeen. I've listened to history podcasts for years, binging through the History of Rome and the History of England, both of which made me appreciate podcasting as a way to entertain and educate. As the range of podcasts I was subscribed to grew, I wondered whether I had what it takes to join their ranks, so here you are!

 

To write the podcast I make use of the extensive library provided by the university and my own growing collection, and when I cover a new period or region I make sure to immerse myself in the historiography of the topic. While I mainly use secondary literature, since these academics have often done the hard part of researching for me, for key texts or for certain subjects I will refer to the primary documents. In the show notes of each episode, you should find a list of some of the main publications I've used in writing it, and I often refer to them in the episode itself. A full bibliography can be found below.

 

 

Bibliography

 Primary Documents and Contemporary Publications

 General / Non-Region Specific

 British Isles

 Early Modern Continental Europe

 

Ancient and Classical

 

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