We're a research team using interactions with the supernatural to explore the emotional experiences and interior lives of ordinary people between 1300 and 1900. Using a range of methodologies and source types within three discrete but related research projects - spanning medieval to modern, and household to cosmos - we're working on books and articles, events and exhibitions, and are crowdsourcing the location of concealed objects and witchcraft memorials via interactive maps.
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12 April 2018
New England, 1630. A man we know only as William is exiled from his palisaded colony for challenging its religious orthodoxy, and heads off into the wilderness in a rickety […]
19 March 2018
In 1582 John Dee (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, magician, and antiquary, claimed that he had been given a magic crystal by an angel called Uriel. Eventually this slightly...
14 February 2018
When seventeenth-century people were bewitched they often took it to heart. In Jacobean Cornwall, after crossing Agnes Saunders, a Cornish gentleman is ‘extreemely distempered...
24 October 2017
St Anne’s College, Oxford 17–19 September 2018 An international conference organised and funded by the Leverhulme Trust research project Inner Lives: Emotions, Identity,...