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Heralded as one of the world's greatest scholars of scholars of late medieval religious heterodoxy, Thomas Fudge combines scholarly insight with great storytelling.

For centuries, the idea of witches living in our midst has enthralled us. How did this fascination develop? Why did it lead to the persecution of thousands of accused "witches," most of them women? What does the history of witch hunts reveal about our identities and Western civilization at large?

Holding doctorates in both medieval history and theology, Prof. Fudge is the perfect guide for this audio course on witch-hunting. Under his tutelage, you will discover how a culture of paranoia developed, why those ideas appealed to men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries, and what effects linger even today. Throughout this 18-part series you will analyze primary sources to understand and contextualize the regulation, detection, and prosecution of alleged witchcraft.

By studying the medieval foundations for modern manifestations of witch-hunting—like McCarthyism—you will become more conscientious of the social dynamics of witch-hunts. As Prof. Fudge underscores, witches are a topic "used, misused, and abused."

The Real History of Witches and Witch Hunts Learn25 Podcasts

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Heralded as one of the world's greatest scholars of scholars of late medieval religious heterodoxy, Thomas Fudge combines scholarly insight with great storytelling.

For centuries, the idea of witches living in our midst has enthralled us. How did this fascination develop? Why did it lead to the persecution of thousands of accused "witches," most of them women? What does the history of witch hunts reveal about our identities and Western civilization at large?

Holding doctorates in both medieval history and theology, Prof. Fudge is the perfect guide for this audio course on witch-hunting. Under his tutelage, you will discover how a culture of paranoia developed, why those ideas appealed to men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries, and what effects linger even today. Throughout this 18-part series you will analyze primary sources to understand and contextualize the regulation, detection, and prosecution of alleged witchcraft.

By studying the medieval foundations for modern manifestations of witch-hunting—like McCarthyism—you will become more conscientious of the social dynamics of witch-hunts. As Prof. Fudge underscores, witches are a topic "used, misused, and abused."

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    European Witches: The Nature of the Problem

    European Witches: The Nature of the Problem

    Episode 1 of the 18-part podcast The Real History of Witches, published by Learn25.

    Historiography of Witchcraft

    Historiography of Witchcraft

    Episode 2 of the 18-part podcast The Real History of Witches, published by Learn25.

    Sex, Demons, and Witches: Profiling a Stereotype

    Sex, Demons, and Witches: Profiling a Stereotype

    Episode 3 of the 18-part podcast The Real History of Witches, published by Learn25.

    Heresy and the Origins of the Witch

    Heresy and the Origins of the Witch

    Episode 4 of the 18-part podcast The Real History of Witches, published by Learn25.

    What Does the Malleus Maleficarum Really Say?

    What Does the Malleus Maleficarum Really Say?

    Episode 5 of the 18-part podcast The Real History of Witches, published by Learn25.

    Witch-Hunting and the Law

    Witch-Hunting and the Law

    Episode 6 of the 18-part podcast The Real History of Witches, published by Learn25.

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