At the House of the White Witch with historian John Callow

At the House of the White Witch with historian John Callow
 
  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Free

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

Presented by Kensington and Chelsea Libraries as part of Folklore and Customs Festival we run every February.

What happens to the witch in modernity?

In the case of Marianne Voaden - a West Country cunning woman - she became a minor celebrity, the subject of two books and a novel, whose opinions were eagerly sought by folklorists.

She healed and offered charms in return for charity: yet, the witch's art found fresh foes - not in the form of demonologists or the old witch hunters, but in the shape of the new poor law commissioners, the village policeman, and the parish council.

And these, for Marianne, proved just as deadly.

Join us for this fascinating talk with Dr John Callow and find out about Marianne Voaden & Witchcraft in the age of iron, industry and empire.

The belief in witchcraft across England lingered on long after the deaths of the last women to be hanged for the crime, in 1682. In the West Country, the witches were, in turn, ignored, reviled, and extinguished but never more than half-forgotten, it seems that the memory of these women and Marianne Voaden – the later, 'White Witch' - was transformed from canker to regret, and from regret into celebration in our own age.

Indeed, their example was cited during the final Parliamentary debates, in 1951, that saw the last of the witchcraft acts repealed, and their names were chanted, as both inspiration and incantation, by the women beyond the wire at Greenham Common.

In this talk, historian John Callow explores the remarkable tale of one of the Bideford Witches.

About the speaker:

Dr John Callow is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk who has written widely on early modern witchcraft, politics and popular culture.

He is the author of The Last Witches of England, The Making of King James II (2000) and Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft (2005, I.B. Tauris). He has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 documentary It Must Be Witchcraft, and the series on the Salem Witches on the Discovery Channel.

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This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

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