The Real History of Witches and Witch-Hunting

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The Real History of Witches and Witch-Hunting

  • University of New England
18, 25-Minute Lectures, Including Electronic Study Guide
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In the shadow of one of Western civilization’s most creative and dynamic periods—the age of Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Galileo, and Descartes—emerged another reality. The persecution of “witches.” Why?

Today, witchcraft has become something of a cottage industry in parts of America. With deep roots in New England, what does the history of witches and witch-hunting reveal about American identity at large?

Thomas Fudge, Ph.D., an expert on the medieval and Reformation eras of Christianity, helps you explore these questions. Holding doctorates in both medieval history and theology, Prof. Fudge teaches courses on witch-hunting, medieval Europe, and heresy. Under his tutelage you will discover how a culture of paranoia developed, why those ideas appealed to men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries, and what effects linger even today.

The author of several books on heresy, Prof. Fudge elucidates the connection between witchcraft and medieval heresy. In the struggle to establish social order, church and secular authorities alike sought to repress dissenters by labeling them “heretics” and “witches.” Throughout the series you will analyze primary sources to understand and contextualize the regulation, detection, and prosecution of alleged witchcraft.

As you study the medieval foundations for modern manifestations of witch-hunting—like McCarthyism—you will become more conscientious of the social dynamics of witch-hunts. As Prof. Fudge underscores, witches are a topic “used, misused, and abused.”

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • European Witches: The Nature of the Problem
  • Historiography of Witchcraft
  • Sex, Demons, and Witches: Profiling a Stereotype
  • Heresy and the Origins of the Witch
  • What Does the Malleus Maleficarum Really Say?
  • Witch-Hunting and the Law
  • On Trial for Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe
  • Witchcraft in England
  • Witchcraft in Germany
  • Witches at the Outer Limits of Europe
  • Children as Witch-Hunters
  • Did the Reformation Encourage Witch-Hunting?
  • Defenders of God and the Real Threat of Witches
  • Unlikely Victims of the Repression
  • Alternative Readings of a Phenomenon
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Witchcraft
  • Unresolved Issues in Witchcraft History
  • Modern Manifestations of Witch-Hunting
About Your Presenter

Thomas A. Fudge is an expert on the medieval and reformation eras of Christianity. Holding two doctoral degrees, he earned his Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. in theology from Otago University in New Zealand. He is the author of 15 books, including The Trial of Jan Hus: Medieval Heresy and Criminal Procedure, Heresy and Hussites in Late Medieval Europe, and Jerome of Prague and the Foundations of the Hussite Movement.

Prof. Fudge has received teaching awards and commendations from Warner Pacific College, the University of Canterbury, and the University of New England. Over the past 27 years, he has held academic appointments in the United States and in New Zealand. He is currently a professor at the University of New England in Australia, where he teaches courses on witch-hunting, medieval Europe, and heresy.

Praise for Thomas Fudge

“Dr. Thomas Fudge is one of today’s most eminent scholars in the field of late medieval and early modern heresy. In witty, yet erudite fashion, Dr. Fudge directs the attention of his audience away from the standard historical narrative that focuses on influential persons, institutions, and ideas, and instead affo...

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