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Witchcraft has been interwoven into British history for centuries. The examination of key moments and cases offers a snapshot into the beliefs, views and worries of the time.
This is especially true of the 17th century case of the Bideford witches, who were sentenced to the gallows after being accused of witchcraft by a local merchant. They were the last group of women to be executed in England for the crime.
John Callow charts the changing attitudes towards women and witchcraft over time, showing how the story of the Bideford witches has morphed from one of revulsion to celebration.
John Callow is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk and has written widely on early modern witchcraft, politics and popular culture. He is the author of The Making of King James II (2000) and Embracing the Darkness (2005). He has also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 documentary It Must be Witchcraft.