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The Last Witches of England

30 September 2023, 4.00pm

'The Last Witches of England' book cover
'The Last Witches of England' book cover
'The Last Witches of England' book cover
30 September 2023, 4.00pm

The Last Witches of England

John Callow uncovers the forgotten history of the Bideford witches, the last group of women executed for witchcraft in England.
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About the event

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.

About the speaker

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.

John Callow
John Callow

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30 September 2023
4.00pm - 5.00pm
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Royal Hospital Chelsea (State Apartments)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4SR United Kingdom