In today’s episode, we cover the works of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest literary figures in English history. Specifically, we look at the supernatural elements in a number of his plays, from Henry IV and Richard III, to The Tempest and Macbeth. Straddling the reigns of Elizabeth and James, Shakespeare’s career provides a window into how magic and witchcraft may have been seen in English culture.
This episode primarily makes use of the following sources:
- Herrington, H. W., ‘Witchcraft and Magic in Elizabethan Drama’, in The Journal of American Folklore, 32, 126, (1919)
- Stanhill, Gerald., ‘Shakespeare’s Tempest, witchcraft and the Little Ice Age’, Weather, 71, iv, 100-102
- Holmes, R., Witchcraft in British History (1974)
- The plays of Shakespeare
A full bibliography can be found on the website.