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‘A Pinching and Pricking at her Breast’: Bewitched Hearts in Early Modern England

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...

Call for Papers: Living in a Magical World: Inner Lives, 1300–19

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,...

Getting the Boot: The Magic of Shoes Workshop with Northampton Museum

2 October 2017

‘I started work at Northampton Museum in the 1950s, and it was about 1957, in conversation with John Thornton, then head of the Boot and Shoe Department, Northampton College of...

Intrigue and Incantation: Treasonous Magic in Medieval and Early Modern England

21 August 2017

Between the 1320s and the 1620s a significant proportion of all accusations of high treason in England involved a magical element. People were accused of casting the horoscope of the...