Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Exeter
Website URL
Witchcraft, magic, history, literature, puritans, paganism, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, British, Salem, American
Additional Contact Information
Agent: Joanna Swainson at Hardman and Swainson

Personal Info

About Me

I’m a historian of witchcraft and magic. In particular, I publish books about ancient and modern texts (fictional literature, court records and other writings) about witches and witch-trials in Britain and America. I also have written about whether witches were pagans, on Anglo-Saxon and Celtic paganism in Britain, and on modern paganism. I like talking about witches and paganism on radio, TV, in podcasts etc in ways that are easy to understand but well-informed by proper scholarship.

Recent Publications

Witchcraft: A History in 13 Trials (Simon and Schuster, 2023)

The Witches of St Osyth (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

Witchcraft: The Basics (Routledge, 2018)

Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft (Routledge, 2018)

Imagining the Pagan Past (Routledge, 2013)

Possession, Puritanism and Print (Pickering and Chatto, 2006)

Media Coverage
I’ve worked with BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Sky History, Discovery and many production companies on documentaries about witches and magic: most recently Discovery Science, Mythical Beasts and PBS, Secrets of the Dead
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, North America, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Literary History, Public History, Women