Talk: Rethinking the decline of witchcraft in early Modern England

Dr Peter Elmer provides an alternative approach to understanding one of the more complex and disputed aspects of witchcraft in early modern England, namely its demise. He discusses a wealth of new material, arguing that politics, rather than scientific or intellectual advance, provides a more convincing context in which to understand the gradual erosion of belief in witchcraft and an end to witch trials in late 17th- and early 18th-century England.

Peter is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Exeter.

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