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Enchanted: The History of Magic & Witchcraft offers a deep dive into the most fascinating stories from the history of all things magical. Produced and hosted by a history professor with over thirty years' experience in theatrical production, episodes of Enchanted feature atmospheric music, dramatic performances by a variety of voice actors, in-depth historical research and analysis, and a deep connection to the people and events that shaped the past. New episodes on the first Friday of every month.

Enchanted: The History of Magic & Witchcraft Corinne Wieben

    • History
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Enchanted: The History of Magic & Witchcraft offers a deep dive into the most fascinating stories from the history of all things magical. Produced and hosted by a history professor with over thirty years' experience in theatrical production, episodes of Enchanted feature atmospheric music, dramatic performances by a variety of voice actors, in-depth historical research and analysis, and a deep connection to the people and events that shaped the past. New episodes on the first Friday of every month.

    In the Shape of Dogs

    In the Shape of Dogs

    Dogs have lived alongside humans as guardians, helpers, and companions since before the dawn of recorded history, making dogs the perfect familiars for suspected witches. In this episode, we explore animals as witches’ familiars, hear the story of Elizabeth Sawyer and her dog-familiar, Tom, and meet one of the most famous dogs suspected of witchcraft: a white poodle named Boy. Can a dog be a witch's best friend?

    Researched, written, and produced by Corinne Wieben with original music by Purple Planet.

    To hear Enchanted's episode on Eleanor Cobham and King Henry VI, check out The Fisher King, and for more on Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, see Some Busy Men.

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    • 23 min
    A Pact with the Devil

    A Pact with the Devil

    Most musicians work for years to master their instruments, with no guarantee of success. To what lengths will humans go for the sake of genius? What wouldn’t we give to be talented? To be famous? To be the best in the world? In this episode, we meet four musicians rumored to have paid the ultimate price for their art.

    Researched, written, and produced by Corinne Wieben with the voice talent of Jack Krause. 

    Music:
    - Paganini's 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1 - XX. Caprice in D Major. Allegretto, performed by Jonathan Vered is from MusOpen.
    - Blues guitar riffs by juskiddink are from FreeSound:
    https://freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/77268
    https://freesound.org/people/juskiddink/sounds/58493
    - All other original music is by Purple Planet.

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    • 22 min
    Runes and Songs

    Runes and Songs

    Magic abounded in Viking Age Scandinavia, granted to humankind by Odin himself, but seidr was gifted to women alone. Despite this, some men risked condemnation, shame, and even the loss of their masculinity to gain this power. What kind of magic tempts a man to surrender his manhood, and what does he stand to gain?

    Researched, written, and produced by Corinne Wieben, with the voice talent of Jack Krause and original music by Purple Planet.

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    • 21 min
    Oracles of the Woods

    Oracles of the Woods

    From enslavement to Emancipation to independence, the Afro-Caribbean community sought protection, healing, and justice from Obeah men and women, but when Obeah became a tool for resistance, it was outlawed, breaking the chain of transmission from one generation to the next. Could Obeah aid decolonization in the twenty-first century, and can its traditions be recovered?

    Researched, written, and produced by Corinne Wieben, with original music by Purple Planet.

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    For more on the history of Obeah, see the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.

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    • 23 min
    Ye Shall Be Happy

    Ye Shall Be Happy

    Let's face it: most of the time, witches get a bad rap. Some witches, however, are famous gift-givers, protectors, healers, and liberators. In this episode, we'll travel from the first century to the twenty-first and meet La Befana, Arima, Aradia, and many of the other good witches of Italy. Who doesn't need a bit of magic now and again?

    Researched, written, and produced by Corinne Wieben, with original music by Purple Planet. Special thanks to this episode's sponsor, The Haunting, Unearthly & Paranormal Stories Podcast.

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    • 25 min
    The Good Angel

    The Good Angel

    When Martin Luther throws down the gauntlet, what's a good Jesuit to do? In this episode, our story spans the lives of three men, two continents, and one hundred years as we explore Counter-Reformation Europe's most influential witch-hunting manual: Martín del Río's Magical Investigations.

    Researched, written, and produced by Corinne Wieben, with original music by Purple Planet.

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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Inlustriss ,

Amazing!

This podcast is one of my favorites. Very well done with excellent research and a brilliant way of pulling a story together. I also love the pace and voice.

Nsturm3 ,

Simply captivating

This is a wonderful podcast, excellent topics and detailed historical breakdown. With a great storytelling aspect. I eagerly await each new episode.

Nickname8375 ,

Just what I was looking for

A magical storytelling podcast from a historical viewpoint. Quality.

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