Best Episodes of the History of Witchcraft

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Creation Date August 18th, 2018
Updated Date Updated March 12th, 2019
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018 - Halloween - From Pagan, to Christian, to Party

  • over 1 year ago

Today we cover the development of Halloween - its development from a Celtic harvest festival, which may or may not have involved the ritual slaughter of infant children, and its merger with the Christian holy days of All Saints and All Souls, emerging from the melting pot of American society as something new and old, traditional and commercial.Many thanks to Joe from the 80 Days - An Exploration Podcast for lending his voice to today's intro quote. Find his fantastic show on Facebook, Twitter, and 80dayspodcast.com  Today's show primarily relies on the following works:Rogers, Nicholas, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, 2002Santino, Jack (ed.) Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, 1994 For a full bibliography, check the website!http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.ukLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

012 - The Rise of the Knights Templar

  • over 1 year ago

The Knights Templar, or the Poor-Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, are a fascinating example of how too much success can be a bad thing. Rapidly abandoning the 'Poor-Fellow' aspect of their name, the Templars grew into a vast land-owning organisation with enormous wealth, ignoring the growing anger and discontent against their privileges. Once they lost the 'Temple of Solomon' aspect of their name, their days were numbered...This episode primarily makes use of the following text:Cohn, N. Europe's Inner Demons (London, 1975) For a full show bibliography, please see the website: http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.ukLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

029 - By the Sword of the Magistrate

  • about 1 year ago

In today's episode we see the tide turn on the English witch trials. By the end of his reign, James is unwilling to entertain the more ludicrous accusations and his heir, Charles I, continues this approach. Puritanism, the new bogeyman of the Anglican church, appears the most vocal supporter of the trials, and so the established clergy approach the topic warily. And the magistrates and judiciary have seen the last twenty years of legal precedent, of cases thrown out and judges publicly shamed, and have no interest in risking their careers. This episode primarily makes use of the following sources:Gaskill, Malcolm, ‘Witchcraft Trials in England’, in Levack, Brian (ed.) The Oxford HandbookHolmes, 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)A full bibliography can be found on the website.Website: http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.ukSudio: https://goo.gl/CwUoWi (remember the code WITCHCRAFT for 15% off)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofwitchcraft/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistofWitchPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/HistoryofWitchcraftLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

025 - Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

  • about 1 year ago

In today's episode, we return to the narrative of early modern Britain, and finally combine the episodes on England and Scotland in the form of one man: James VI and I. We cover the problems and priorities facing James once he inherits the throne from Elizabeth; England's diplomatic situation, its religious dissidents, and a Parliament that is getting a bit too self-important for the absolutist James. This episode primarily makes use of the following sources:Herrington, H. W., ‘Witchcraft and Magic in Elizabethan Drama’, in The Journal of American Folklore, 32, 126, (1919)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)A full bibliography can be found on the website.Website: http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.ukSudio: https://goo.gl/CwUoWi (remember the code WITCHCRAFT for 15% off)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofwitchcraft/Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistofWitchPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/HistoryofWitchcraft Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

XXVIII - The Burning of Prospero

  • about 1 year ago

At the great Council of Nikaea, an issue that threatened to split an empire apart was finally settled. Yet, when one of the Emperor's own sons rejects the decision, his brother is dispatched at the head of a Legion to bring his errant son to heel and bring unity to His Imperium.+The Emperor Protects+ This episode primarily makes use of the following sources: - Abnett, Dan, Prospero Burns (2010)- Bligh, Alan, The Horus Heresy: Book Seven - Inferno, (2017)- McNeill, Graham, A Thousand Sons (2010)- McNeill, Graham, The Crimson King (2017)- McNeill, Graham, The Outcast Dead (2011)  If you enjoyed this episode, go have a watch of Occulus Imperia! youtube.com/c/Oculus%20ImperiaLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices