Further reading on witches, witchfinders and witch trials

Thanks very much to everyone who came to City Library in Newcastle yesterday as part of the Books On Tyne literary festival to hear me read from my latest historical novel, Sunwise, which is the sequel to Widdershins (both books about the Newcastle witch trials). It was great to hear your questions and ideas about witch trials and they provided lots of food for thought – I’m only sorry we didn’t have longer for questions.

The osculum infame (kiss of shame) from Francesco Maria Guazzo’s Compendium Maleficarum. Quote from Malleus Maleficarum by Jacob Sprenger & Heinrich Kramer

As promised, here is the list of references for further reading.

Witcherature (novels about witch trials)

Newcastle: Widdershins and Sunwise (Helen Steadman)

Derwent / Tyne Valley: The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong (Michael Cawood Green)

Pendle: The Familiars (Stacey Halls)

Aberdeen: The Mermaid and the Bear (Ailish Sinclair)

Essex: The Witchfinder’s Sister (Beth Underdown)

Salem: The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

Reading from Sunwise (Definition of Sunwise from Oxford English Dictionary)

Useful websites about witches, witch trials and witchfinders







Non-fiction reference books about witches, witch trials and witchfinders

Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (Richard Golden, ed.)

Witchfinders: A Seventeenth Century English Tragedy (Malcolm Gaskill)

The Witch Hunts (Robert Thurston)

The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe (Brian P. Levack)

Witches, Midwives & Nurses (Barbara Ehrenreich & Deidre English)

Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in Early Modern England (James Sharpe)

Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in early Modern Europe (Stuart Clark)

Witchcraft in Europe and the New World, 1400–1800  (P. G. Maxwell Stuart)

The Witchcraft Reader (Darren Oldridge)

Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland (Andrew Sneddon)

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