Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

If you're on this page, then either two things have happened; first, you're already a fan of the show and have come for new episodes, information, or to contact me. If so, welcome back! Scroll down to find episodes of the History of Witchcraft, or look to the top of the page for information to contact me.

The second reason you might be here is that you've stumbled across a link in a recommendation and are wondering what on earth this is all about. Simply put, this is the history podcast on all things magical, where we examine notable beliefs in witchcraft or the supernatural, and how these beliefs sometimes let to bloodshed. Fun stuff! If you want to know more, click 'About' at the top of the page!

Jan 13, 2018

Drama is perhaps one of the most recognisable products of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. This week, we look at two of the more famous plays from this period which use the supernatural in their narratives; Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and Thomas Middleton’s The Witch.

Although I’m sure I’m missing someone out, someone important from this period who wrote a lot of plays still loved today.

No matter, I’m sure I’ll remember by next week!


This episode primarily drew from the following texts:

  • ‘First edition of Middleton's The Witch’, British Library, accessed December 2017, at
  • Holmes, R., Witchcraft in British History (1974
  • H. W. Herrington, ‘Witchcraft and Magic in Elizabethan Drama’, The Journal of American Folklore, 32, 126, (1919)
  • Purkiss, D., The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations (1996)


Please see the website for a full bibliography!

Music by Kevin MacCleod and Karstenholymol, used under the Creative Commons License.