02.46 - Witch Hunters on Trial

Pax Britannica: A History of the British Empire show

Summary: Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, faces humiliation on multiple fronts. His critics are uniting, his prosecutions are falling, and the ruinous cost of hiring him suddenly seems less worthwhile. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate This episode primarily makes use of the following texts: - Gaskill, Malcolm, Witchfinders: A Seventeenth Century English Tragedy, (2005) - Levack, Brian, ‘State-Building and Witch-Hunting’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002 - Purkiss, DIane, The English Civil War: A People's History, (2007) - Jackson, Louise, ‘Witches, Wives and Mothers: Witchcraft Persecution and Women’s Confessions in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Oldridge, Darren (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader, 2002 - Peter Elmer, Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) - Gaskill, Malcolm, ‘Witchcraft Trials in England’, in Levack, Brian (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, (2016) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices