Over at my History Witch column, I explain something that I’ve come to call ‘The Great Conflation’ or what Michael D. Bailey theorised about how a Dominican theologian might have inadvertently changed history, leading to the specific gendered nature of the witch hunts of the Early Modern era and the so-called Age of Enlightenment. Of course I have been spurred to finally write this in anticipation of the last [sob!] episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell this weekend. Those who have shaken fingers at me will be glad to know I ordered a copy of Susanna Clarke’s novel despite my usual trepidation about modern doorstop novels.
If you have an interest in history or magic or both, you may want to check out my essay.
FYI if you haven’t done so already, check out John Reppion’s posts at the Daily Grail on the magic & fairy traditions touched on by Strange & Norrell.