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Image Magic: Drawing the History of Sorcery, Ritual, and Witchcraft

15 October 2018

In October last year I was sent an email accompanied by a zip folder full of images; these included a witch and her familiars, a woman suffering from convulsions, an […]

Finn-Kirsten Iversdatter: Norway’s Forgotten Witch

2 October 2018

When thinking of witch trials in Norwegian history, the case of Lisbeth Pedersdatter Nypan and her husband Ole often springs to mind. The case was brought to international attention...

Walking the Pendle Witch Trail

13 September 2018

One of the unexpected highlights of my work on the Inner Lives project has been my regular extracurricular jaunts into the East Anglian countryside in search of supernatural, and especially...

Prepare to be Spellbound: Our Ashmolean Exhibition is Now Open!

31 August 2018

I’m delighted to announce that Spellbound: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, the project’s exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology on which I’ve been...