The History of Witchcraft

A Society, Culture and History podcast
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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...

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BunnyG reviewed this podcast on Jun 14th, 2018
"Well researched and well presented! "
kindredspirit reviewed this podcast on Nov 14th, 2017
"Sticks to his topic, free of pointless rambling on. Very refreshing for this topic! Blessed be!"
CheshireCat reviewed this podcast on Aug 8th, 2017
"A fun podcast on, well, you can tell what it's about, right? It's a narrow subject, in a way, but it's a nice look at a phenomenon that crossed many countries and time periods, so a little bit different from how most podcasts are organized. The research is solid, the story-telling engaging, and it's all sprinkled with a bit of humor. Definitely recommended."

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May 23rd, 2017
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Feb 10th, 2019
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