The Witchfinders General: who were the contemporaries of Matthew Hopkins?

On Friday 26th October, we are taking the Ashmolean Museum back to a dark period of English history as we conduct a 17th Century witch trial as part of the critically-acclaimed Spellbound exhibition. But although Matthew Hopkins, the notorious ‘Witchfinder General’ is undoubtedly the most famous witch-hunter, he was by no means alone. The practice was relatively rare…

“They that would wrest that standard from his hand, must first wrest his soul from his body”: The fight at Edgehill and the fall of Sir Edmund Verney

This August Bank Holiday, The Sealed Knot celebrates its 50th anniversary with a huge battle reenactment at Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire, which will echo to the sound of musket and cannon fire, the steady beat of the drums, the charge of cavalry, and the clash of pike. As part of the build-up to the event,…