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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.

While this might sound like a particularly morbid subject, I aim to present it in an entertaining, but informative, way. Of course, there are cases of genuine tragedy in this history of witchcraft, but with a gap of several hundred years, it's ok for us to find humour in the image of, for example, an Anglo-Saxon witch attempting to ward off the Norman invasion of England by exposing her buttocks. That didn't work very well, if you're wondering...

The History of Witchcraft Samuel Hume

    • History
    • 4.9, 70 Ratings

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.

While this might sound like a particularly morbid subject, I aim to present it in an entertaining, but informative, way. Of course, there are cases of genuine tragedy in this history of witchcraft, but with a gap of several hundred years, it's ok for us to find humour in the image of, for example, an Anglo-Saxon witch attempting to ward off the Norman invasion of England by exposing her buttocks. That didn't work very well, if you're wondering...

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
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

theflyingdog ,

Appreciate the effort

A comprehensive dive into a strange time. Love it!

RebeccaCalifornia ,

Excellent podcast, fascinating topic

Very well researched and clearly presented. Lots of useful information, covering a broad swathe of European history and the role of witches in that history. The context is just the right amount - helpful in understanding the history but not so much that you lose track of the main story. Also really carefully researched and also entertaining and insightful perspectives on key characters. Only one tiny niggle which is that the author dismissed the role of misogyny in the increases in witchcraft trials by stating that a conspiracy is implausible. To me, this misses the point which is that misogyny was broadly and deeply embedded in western (and many other) cultures during this time so it seems odd to state that it wasn’t a powerful driver of apparently deeply sexist actions and beliefs that fed the hysteria and persecution of so called witches. As stated, it’s a relatively minor point only mentioned in one episode and overall the viewpoint given is very well researched and balanced and this is a fascinating topic. Highly recommended.

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