Witchcraft and the Law

There have been times in European History when the most cultured, educated and influential people have believed in witchcraft. Their beliefs were encapsulated in law… and acted upon in a riot of burnings, hangings and torture.

Far from being a study in insanity, these legal frameworks can tell us about our ancestors’ circumstances and their ways of looking at the world. Spend an evening with me to find out why human beings will always look for witches… and sometimes we’ll find them.

Deborah Hyde talks and writes about why people believe in the malign supernatural. She is editor of The Skeptic.

NOTE: this talk replaces the previously advertised How Disgust Rules the World talk, which will hopefully be rescheduled in the New Year.