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Witches didn't exist. Yet thousands of people have been 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
    • 4.8, 87 Ratings

Witches didn't exist. Yet thousands of people have been 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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

retyped ,

Excellent!

I’m a history teacher and historian who’s used this podcast in the classroom few times. It’s really fantastic. I love how each episode places everything into context that’s more than the usual “Wow, people were backwards and superstitious.” They’re also great about citing sources, discussing historiography, and explaining why it matters that historians study the history of witchcraft.

libbywalkup ,

Title Change

Feels like this needs a title change. After listening to 20 something episodes, it’s more about the History of the Persecution of “Witches” (witches in quotations). The History of Witchcraft implies it’s a history of the practice of witchcraft.

Russell gawat ,

Great start

I listen to many historical podcasts and generally it takes them a while to get into their strides many beginning very amateurishly but becoming very good after a while particularly the ones set up by individuals rather than say the BBC. This one began very professionally and successfully navigates a fine line between academia and entertainment. An interesting subject covered well and Young Mr Hume has done this in an interesting and engaging manner.
One minor point is the adverts for Geico are repetitive and boring particularly when I couldn’t live further from the US

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