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The History of Witchcraft

By Samuel Hume

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...

  1. 1.
    001 - The Hammer of the Witches05/23/2017
    38:59
  2. 2.
    002 - A Century of Fire05/23/2017
    36:56
  3. 3.
    003 - Heartland of the Witch Craze05/29/2017
    34:54
  4. 4.
    004 - Reigns of Terror06/05/2017
    32:57
  5. 5.
    005 - "I Have Forgiven the Devil"06/12/2017
    23:15
  6. 6.
    006 - The Synagogue of Satan06/19/2017
    21:47
  7. 7.
    007 - To Kill a King07/03/2017
    14:49
  8. 8.
    008 - The Cradle King07/17/2017
    23:11
  1. 9.
    009 - The Devil's Greatest Enemy08/02/2017
    47:34
  2. 10.
    010 - The Wisest Fool in Christendom08/21/2017
    27:47
  3. 11.
    011 - Mountaintop Madness09/04/2017
    38:41
  4. 12.
    012 - The Rise of the Knights Templar09/10/2017
    29:04
  5. 13.
    013 - The Crushing of the Knights Templar09/17/2017
    42:37
  6. 14.
    014 - The Scattering of the Knights Templar09/25/2017
    29:25
  7. 15.
    015 - The Sorcerers of the Pharaohs10/04/2017
    24:31
  8. 16.
    016 - The Legacy of the Magi10/08/2017
    30:54
  9. 17.
    017 - Poisoners, Soul-Drawers, and Mathematicians10/19/2017
    41:17
  10. 18.
    018 - Halloween - From Pagan, to Christian, to Party10/23/2017
    45:56
  11. 19.
    019 - The Eternal City and the Evil Eye11/07/2017
    33:42
  12. 20.
    020 - Witchcraft in Tudor England11/16/2017
    21:51
  13. 21.
    021 - Gloriana? I Hardly Knew Her!12/03/2017
    41:30
  14. 22.
    022 - Fairies, Demons, and a Cat called Satan12/10/2017
    30:27
  15. 23.
    023 - Ten Thousand Hells01/13/2018
    23:34
  16. 24.
    024 - Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair02/11/2018
    43:46
  17. 25.
    025 - Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot 03/11/2018
    25:10
  18. 26.
    026 - Demon Women and Foul Devices03/18/2018
    30:18
  19. 27.
    027 - A Wonderful Discovery03/25/2018
    30:06
  20. 28.
    XXVIII - The Burning of Prospero04/01/2018
    33:42
  21. 29.
    029 - By the Sword of the Magistrate04/16/2018
    34:19
  22. 30.
    030 - The Lynching of John Lambe04/21/2018
    17:05
  23. 31.
    031 - It's Treason, then.05/27/2018
    29:22
  24. 32.
    032 - Never a Cross Left06/09/2018
    33:48
  25. 33.
    033 - Satan's Kingdom Divided06/25/2018
    35:58
  26. 34.
    034 - The Witchfinder General07/22/2018
    32:32
  27. 35.
    035 - A Magazine of Scandal07/29/2018
    25:11
  28. 36.
    036 - Burn to Ashes08/13/2018
    32:52
  29. 37.
    037 - Suffer Not a Witch to Live08/19/2018
    25:12
  30. 38.
    038 - The Wroth of Woden08/27/2018
    33:55
  31. 39.
    039 - A War of Words09/03/2018
    31:19
  32. 40.
    040 - The Pilgrims10/07/2018
    26:35
  33. 41.
    041 - Halloween - From Pagan, to Christian, to Party10/27/2018
    46:49
  34. 42.
    042 - Witchcraft in Russia12/09/2018
    47:51
  35. 43.
    043 - Salem, Massachusetts01/27/2019
    33:07
  36. 44.
    Introducing Pax Britannica02/10/2019
    5:54

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