From the ascension of James I to the English throne, to the end of the Civil War, this turbulent time of religious controversy and political conflict, produced the self-styled “Witch Finder General”, Matthew Hopkins. His short, yet terrifying reign of terror, cashing in on the turmoil and uncertainties of the period, has made him one of the most notorious characters in English History.
The lecture will explore why the fear of witchcraft and sorcery grew throughout the early to mid 17th century and the enormous religious and political upheaval that ripped the country apart leading to the Civil War, leaving neighbour mistrusting neighbour, allowing opportunists, like Hopkins to play upon people’s fears.
Matthew Hopkins introduces your students to his cruel methods of finding witches, questioning them, and getting an admission of guilt.
Mark Halls has portrayed Matthew Hopkins in Colchester Castle Museum and gives talks to local societies on this subject.
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