Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Six-week course, beginning -
Witches in medieval manuscript
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Delve into the strange world of medieval witchcraft beliefs in Europe

Course dates: Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November; 6 December

Times: 18.00 – 20.00

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Moral panic, suspicion and torture. The witch-hunts of late medieval and early modern Europe still have the capacity to shock. Join us on this six-week course, where we’ll consider them in their cultural, social and intellectual contexts.

We’ll trace the emergence of the diabolical witch sect in the 15th century: a new belief, yet one profoundly shaped by classical and Christian traditions. You’ll see how accounts of witchcraft were radically shaped by the legal frameworks of the period, and how new technologies of print could act as conduits for powerful depictions of the witch that in turn shaped the ways that witchcraft was imagined. We’ll examine the social world of the early modern village: the close-knit communities where witchcraft accusations were often levelled by neighbour against neighbour. And we’ll dissect a ‘super hunt’ from the Basque country in the 17th century to understand how witchcraft panics unfolded. Finally, we’ll consider what we can learn from the history of witch-hunting today.

This course is convened by Dr Matthew Champion (Lecturer in Medieval History, Birkbeck, University of London) with contributions from Dr Jan Machielsen ( Lecturer in Early Modern History, Cardiff University).


Name: Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £295.00
Member: £250.00
Senior 60+: £265.00
Student: £250.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Friend of the British Library: £250.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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