We have covered bits of the history of witchcraft here in W.U Hstry, but there is always more stuff to dig up, obviously. So it happens I’ve recently come across something written by Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire) regarding witch trials in Wales. I was incredibly surprise to find out that there have only been … More “Crwydro y byddo am oesoedd lawer” – Them Welsh Witches!
In this interview feature we will be looking at Cultural Appropriation, artefacts in museums, religion, witchcraft and gender (with a particular focus on the elderly). This post follows from the previous post about Dr. Welch’s research and teaching. This is a part two (2) of three (3) interview with Dr. Christina Welch. Gentle reminder that … More Interview with Dr. Christina Welch (2/3)
Witch trials in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have become rather famous: they have become a part of popular culture and have been researched with interest due to, what some historians label, the ‘witch craze’ that occurred during these particular centuries. Why was a belief in witchcraft and magic so strong? Why did so many … More Did Beliefs in Witches Really Decline in the Eighteenth Century?
It appears as if most of us always think of women when thinking of the early modern witch-hunts. This hasn’t been helped by the depiction of witches in popular culture, films and TV, but it makes us forget the array of complexities encompassing early modern witchcraft and its crime. So how did the witch-hunts come … More Women and the Early Modern Witch-Hunts
Today’s post is partly inspired by the 2010 movie starring Sean Bean called Black Death, where Bean plays the part of a medieval crusader in his quest of purging this damned community whose members do not seem to have been contaminated by the plague. I re-watch the film the other day and I remembered this … More Pestering Society: The Black Death and the Changes in Late Medieval Culture
Why is it that on hearing the word ‘witch’, I immediately think of scary old ladies? If you are anything like me and have seen one too many Disney films, it’s not hard to see where the stereotype is reinforced in our modern society. J K Rowling has done a good job at making witches … More The ‘Ideal’ Sorceress: Gender Ideology and the Stereotypical Witch.
Welcome to Minorities Month on our blog! Today I’m going to discuss the term ‘heretics’ as a minority in Tudor England. After Henry VII’s victory at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the sixteenth century became dominated by a new and eventually infamous dynasty known as The Tudors. The severing of the Church with Rome … More Heretics in Sixteenth-Century England
Virtually every movie you will see on the legendary French ‘freedom fighter’ Joan of Arc pits her against the scheming heartless brutal arch-villain and general nasty person John Duke of Bedford. Brother of Henry V and scourge of France. Bedford’s reputation seems to have been tarnished for posterity by the Hollywood myth-makers as the man … More Joan of Arc: Maiden, Warrior and myth
In his book from 1838, George Stokes claims; that the ideas of John Wycliffe and the Lollards were “the rising sun of the reformation,” he argues this based on the relation between Wycliffe’s ideas and those of Jan Hus and other reformers in the Late medieval period. In this article I will try to assess … More The Lollards, A Lost Cause?!
The Albigensian Crusade was the Holy War undertaken against the Cathars in the early thirteenth century which was launched by Pope Innocent III. It lasted for twenty years and aimed to drive out the ‘heretics’ from the Languedoc region in Southern France. So, what were the beliefs of the Cathars? And why were they considered … More The Albigensian Crusade