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Witches didn't exist, and yet thousands of people were executed for the crime of witchcraft. Why? 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.

The History of Witchcraft Samuel Hume

    • History
    • 4.9 • 22 Ratings

Witches didn't exist, and yet thousands of people were executed for the crime of witchcraft. Why? 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.

    Wittenberg to Witches

    Wittenberg to Witches

    Ben Jacobs of Wittenberg to Westphalia and Sam Hume of the History of Witchcraft sat down for a chat about witch panics, memes, authority, and the importance of getting angry while also staying calm.

    Check out Ben's Podcast: https://wittenbergtowestphaliapodcast.weebly.com/



    Music:
    Intro music is See These Bones by Nada Surf.
    Spective - Bridge Valley
    P.R. & ChillCat - Soul Child
    ai means love. - road trip
    Breezewax - Mother's Earth
    LZRDSK - flowers
    LeVirya & Broey. - Inertia
    Aphrow & Stuffed Tomato - Goodbye
    ningen - Take You Outside
    I Am Wolter - Morning Licks
    Foeniks - Take It Easy
    RINZ. - Lotus
    mr. hong & pastels - let's meet at the elevator
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    • 35 min
    Early Modern English Witchcraft with Professor Darren Oldridge

    Early Modern English Witchcraft with Professor Darren Oldridge

    Prof. Oldridge joins me to talk about witchcraft and religion in early Stuart England,
    The recommended books, available from all good retailers, are:


    Strange Histories (2017)


    The Supernatural in Tudor and Stuart England (2016)


    The Witchcraft Reader (2019)


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    • 41 min
    Sound Education Experience

    Sound Education Experience

    This is just a short catch up episode to share what I experienced at Sound Education 2019. I met so many great podcasters, many that I've listened to for years and many more that are now in my queue.
    www.SoundEducation.fm
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    • 21 min
    What's it like to make a History Podcast (feat. Dead Ideas)

    What's it like to make a History Podcast (feat. Dead Ideas)

    In a special episode BT Newberg and I talk about the highs and lows of making a history podcast. What made us want to start a podcast? Why did we pick the subjects we did? When did I decide to change focus to Pax Britannica? What are the best and worst things about it? Peak behind the curtain!
    Go check out Dead Ideas: https://deadideas.net/
    Check out the podcast website: http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.uk/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historyofwitchcraft/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistofWitch
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    • 44 min
    Introducing Pax Britannica

    Introducing Pax Britannica

    A short introduction and clip from the first episode of Pax Britannica. Follow the links below to find my new show your favourite way!
    Show Page: https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/ADL3707263633
    Website: https://paxbritannica.info
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pax-britannica/id1451859986?mt=2
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6FQwqzI4u8waYkEaEUiXut?si=n0GT5GBASzyyl1d1GK-j8w
    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/samuel-hume-3/pax-britannica
    Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm1lZ2FwaG9uZS5mbS9BREwzNzA3MjYzNjMz
    PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/pax-britannica-2483186
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
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    • 8 min
    043 - Salem, Massachusetts

    043 - Salem, Massachusetts

    If anyone has heard of a particular witch trial, they will have heard of Salem. It's an infamous part of early American history, and everywhere in popular culture. Today's episode will be explaining the main theories as to why the small village of Salem, Massachusetts began the greatest witch panic in American history.
    This episode primarily made use of the following texts:
    - Anderson, Virginia Dejohn, 'New England in the Seventeenth Century', in The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
    - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, (2002)
    - Godbeer, Richard, ‘Witchcraft in British America’, in Levack, Brian (ed.),The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (2014)- Hansen, Chadwick, ‘Andover Witches and the Causes of the Salem Witchcraft Trials’, in Levack, Brian (ed.), Witchcraft in Colonial America, ed.
    - Le Beau, Bryan F. The Story of the Salem Witch Trials, (1998)
    Also included in today's episode is a brief announcement for a new podcast of mine, Pax Britannica, launching 10th February 2019. Keep up to date with the launch by following the social media pages below:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Absolutely love this podcast. Hopefully we can get some new episodes!!! This is my 4th time listening to it.

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Amazingly thorough, thick with historical detail, and a great presentation make for a fabulous podcast! Highly recommend!

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