‘Protector or Persecutor: Witches, the Devil & Oliver Cromwell’: a talk by Dr Rebecca Warren

16-11-22 - 16-11-22,
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Admission: ££6 Adults, £4.50 Students/Museum Members

Location: Via Zoom

The 1640s saw a resurgence in witchcraft accusations, with the chaos of Civil War and failng harvest leading to a breakdown in traditional law and order, with people looking for someone to blame for their misfortunes. In East Anglia Matthew Hopkins, the 'Witchfinder General', led a reign of terror over 18 months, accusing many of the crime. What were Cromwell's attitudes to this, and did he have any involvement with the persecution of witches?

Dr Rebecca Warren is a historian of the seventeenth century, specialising in religion in the 1640s and 1650s. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent and is one of the Cromwell Museum’s Advisory Panel. She is currently writing a book on the English church in the Interregnum.

This talk will be recorded and put on a private channel after the 'live talk' for ticket holders to view at their leisure if they miss the live talk or wish to view them again.

This talk is part of a four part lecture series; for season tickets please click here.

Wednesday 9 November at 7.30pm - John Rees on 'The Putney Debates and the Birth of Democracy'

Wednesday 16 November at 7.30pm - Dr Rebecca Warren on 'Protector or Persecutor: Witches, the Devil and Oliver Cromwell'

Wednesday 23 November at 7.30pm - Dr Jonathan Fitzgibbons on 'Cromwell's Head'

Wednesday 30 November at 7.30pm - Miranda Malins on 'Puritan Princesses: Oliver Cromwell's Daughters'

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PLEASE NOTE: These talks will be held online via Zoom. Joining details will be sent out the week before the talk.

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