Talk: Rethinking the decline of witchcraft in early Modern England

Image Credit: North Berwick Witches and James I

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

01752 585050
[email protected]

Tuesday 26 February 2019
19:00 - 20:30
Admission Fee: £6/£4.20/Friends free/Historical Association members free/UoP students free via SPiA
Booking recommended
Online or by phone

Dr Peter Elmer provides an alternative approach to understanding one of the more complex and disputed aspects of witchcraft in early modern England, namely its demise. He discusses a wealth of new material, arguing that politics, rather than scientific or intellectual advance, provides a more convincing context in which to understand the gradual erosion of belief in witchcraft and an end to witch trials in late 17th- and early 18th-century England. 

Peter is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. 

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