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How did a fear of climate lead to a climate of fear in which demonic witchcraft loomed large? Professor Helen Parish explores the connections between weather, witchcraft, faith, fears, and the human imagination…

In the first blog in this summer series, my colleague Ruth Salter invited us to hang up our umbrellas and celebrate the role played by St Swithin in our summer weather. While Ruth encouraged us to turn our eyes to … Continue reading

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When should we start putting up decorations and celebrating Christmas festivities? Are you team Nov 1st? Dec 1st? A week before? Professor Helen Parish takes a look…

Our own Professor @HelenLParish takes a historical view of this question and how this debate has raged for centuries! In the words of Perry Como’s classic, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. The pandemic has got many yearning … Continue reading

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Spotlight on: Dr Helen Parish

I joined the History Department in October 1999. I did my first degree at the University of St Andrews, and a D.Phil at the University of Oxford (Jesus College), before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford.  … Continue reading

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How to Find an Early Modern Witch, by Claire Smith

If you wanted to find a witch during the early modern period, one of the more notable people you could ask was Matthew Hopkins, self-declared Witchfinder General from 1644-1647. If, in the twenty-first century, you want to find evidence of … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: The Origins

By Professor Helen Parish Once again we have a chance to embrace that particularly delightful seasonal treat, untangling the Christmas fairy lights. If the season of goodwill has barely started before the recriminations and apportioning of blame begin, consider the … Continue reading

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