035 – A Magazine of Scandal

This week’s episode continues the trials of East Anglia, as we see the result of the Witchfinder General’s efforts in the summer assizes of Chelmsford and Bury St. Edmunds. One was headed by the Earl of Warwick, a noble with little in the way of legal training, and the other by a triumvirate of two priests and a lawyer. One goes exceptionally well for the witchfinders, and the other… not so much.
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

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