Politics, and the witch as an anti-social outsider in Western Europe and England

Deborah Hyde

Thursday, February 25 2016 at 7:30PM

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Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
SO23 8SB

Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

Witchcraft became big news in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Torrents of learned discussion turned to action, and the corpses piled high. But where did the infrastructure - social and legal - for such a mass persecution arise? Had the political power of constraining beliefs already been tested and employed? Deborah will discuss totalitarianism, paranoia and yearnings for empire in the making of a very bloody delusion.

Deborah Hyde is editor-in-chief of The Skeptic magazine (skeptic.org.uk). She writes and appears on broadcast media discussing religion and superstition.