Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the criminalisation and prosecution of witchcraft in England during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries. It will focus on the social background to such allegations, the black letter law governing the crimes, and the pre-trial and trial process by which such cases were determined.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and the Medieval Legacy

Topic 2: Candidates for Witch-hood

Topic 3: A Witch’s Career

Topic 4: Living with the Witch

Topic 5: The Witchcraft Statutes

Topic 6: Specialist Tests for Establishing Witchcraft

Topic 7: Entering the Criminal Justice System

Topic 8: The Witch Trial

Topic 9: Late Jacobean and Caroline Witchcraft Prosecutions

Topic 10: The Civil War and Interregnum

Topic 11: From Restoration to Abolition

Topic 12: General Themes

Learning outcomes

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