Witchcraft in East Anglia: The Witchfinder General

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Sam Woodward

East Anglia had the worst episode of witch trials and persecution in England between 1645-7. In this talk, we will look at the involvement of two men, Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, who used the tumultuous years of the British Civil War as an opportunity to appoint themselves as witch finders. We will explore belief in magic and the peculiarities of English witchcraft and examine how two men, with the support of local communities, were able to establish the largest episode of witch persecution in English history.