025 – Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

In today’s episode, we return to the narrative of early modern Britain, and finally combine the episodes on England and Scotland in the form of one man: James VI and I. We cover the problems and priorities facing James once he inherits the throne from Elizabeth; England’s diplomatic situation, its religious dissidents, and a Parliament that is getting a bit too self-important for the absolutist James.


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)
  • Holmes, R., Witchcraft in British History (1974)
  • MacFarlane, A., Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (London, 1970)
  • Levack, B., ‘State-Building and Witch Hunting’, in Darren Oldridge (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader (London, 2002)

A full bibliography can be found on the website.

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