The Malleus Maleficarum and King James: Defining Witchcraft

Malleus Maleficarum

The reprinting of the Malleus at this time has often led to the belief that the medieval text played a large role in this rise in witch hunts. However, a comparison of the Malleus to later works shows a shift in the definitions of witchcraft during the early modern era.

The Meaning of Thunder and Lightning: Stage Directions and Audience Expectations

The linking of thunder and lightening with supernatural figures was not theatrical in origin; rather, the effects were a theatrical reproduction of unnatural disruptions generally believed to accompany the appearance and actions of figures such as witches, devils, and conjurers in the real world of the audience.

'An honest dog yet': Performing The Witch of Edmonton

At the climax of Dekker, Ford, and Rowley’s 1621 tragedy The Witch of Edmonton, the devil treats a young morris dancer named Cuddy Banks to a discourse on the relationship between the everyday world in which Cuddy lives and the demonic realm over which he himself reigns.

Mother Shipton and the End of the World

‘A carriage without a horse shall go; Disaster fill the world with woe; In water iron then shall float; As easy as a wooden boat.’

“The Nightmare in Early Modern England.”

This paper was held at Victoria College by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies and dealt with the idea of the nightmare and its evolution from demonic possession to medical malady.

Victorian perspectives on the supernatural: The imaginary versus the real in two Brontë novels

Villette and Wuthering Heights exhibit a striking similarity: both rely on the gothic tradition (more specifically, on one of its elements, the supernatural) to evoke psychological realism.

Some Bloody good reads for Halloween!

Some Bloody good reads for Halloween!

Cunning Folk and Wizards in Early Modern England

I aim to offer an original perspective on white witchcraft in this period; revealing its relevance to the historical study of witchcraft in which it is often overshadowed.

Constructing witches and spells: Speech acts and activity types in Early Modern England

In this paper, we highlight the centrality of verbs relating to verbal activities in witchcraft narratives in the Early Modern English period, and focus on speech act verbs used to refer to witches’ curses

Witchcraft and Family: What Can Witchcraft Documents Tell Us About Early Modern Scottish Family Life?

A wide range of document-types survive for the early modern period. But random survival rates of potentially detailed docu- ments coupled with their often significant lack of detail about women and the lower orders means that at this stage we do not know even the very basics about family life, let alone people’s subjective thoughts and experiences of family.

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