Witch-Trials. History Masterclass with Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

Witch-Trials. History Masterclass with Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

 

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, across Europe, people believed to be witches – mainly women – were persecuted, prosecuted, and executed in unprecedentedly large-scale numbers: around 100,000 people were arrested and tried, and around 50,000 executed for the crime of witchcraft. We explore why: examining the role of the Reformation, elite belief, neighbourhood accusations, the process of accusation, the significance of reputation, the classic ‘refusal-guilt’ syndrome, and the relationship between gender and witchcraft.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian and broadcaster, who specialises in the sixteenth century, and who wrote and presented Witch-Hunt: A Century of Murder, a two-part documentary for Channel Five.

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