Biography

Before joining the School of History, Malcolm Gaskill was Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge. Prior to that he was a lecturer at Keele University (1993-4), Queen’s University, Belfast (1994-5), and Anglia Ruskin University (1995-9).

His research interests are in British social and cultural history, 1500–1800, particularly the history of mentalities. He has written extensively about the history of witch-beliefs and witchcraft prosecutions, and is also interested in crime and the law, and the supernatural in the twentieth century, especially spiritualism and psychical research, 1920–50. He is currently writing a short history of witchcraft, while researching a book about emotion, mentality and culture in seventeenth-century English America. His most recent work is a history of the East Anglian witch-hunt of 1645-7, Witchfinders: a Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy (2005).

His undergraduate teaching comprises ‘Introduction to Early Modern Studies’ (Level 1), ‘Doing History’ (Level 1), and ‘Early Modern England: a Social History’ (Level 2). He is also running a new Level 1 module, ‘Witchcraft, Magic and Belief in Early Modern Europe’, and, with Andy Wood (from 2008), an MA module, ‘Society and Culture in Early Modern England’.

 He welcomes prospective MA and PhD students interested in the social and cultural history of early modern England, especially topics related to witchcraft, deviance and mentalities.

All Publications

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Gaskill, M.

(2017)

Unnatural Rebellion: The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present by Ronald HuttonYale, 360 pp, £25.00, August, ISBN 978 0 300 22904 2,

in London Review of Books

39

(21)

pp. 17-20

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2017)

Staunch with Sugar: Accidents and Violent Death in Early Modern London, 1650-1750 by Craig Spence Boydell, 273 pp, £65.00, November 2016, ISBN 978 1 78327 135 1,

in London Review of Books

39

(17)

pp. 31

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2017)

Little commonwealths II: communities,

in A Social History of England, 1500-1700.

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9781107614598

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Gaskill, M.

(2017)

Afterword: Passions in Perspective,

in Emotions in the History of Witchcraft.

Palgrave

pp. 269-279

ISBN 978-1-137-52902-2

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Gaskill, M.

(2017)

Frances Timbers. The Magical Adventures of Mary Parish: The Occult World of Seventeenth-Century London. Early Modern Studies 16. Kirksville: Truman State University Press, 2016. Pp. 211. $40.00 (cloth).,

in Journal of British Studies

56

(1)

pp. 172-174

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Gaskill, M.

(2016)

Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England. By Peter Elmer. Oxford University Press. 2016. x + 369pp. £65.00,

in History

101

(348)

pp. 785-787

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Gaskill, M.

(2016)

Steven P. Marrone, A History of Science, Magic & Belief: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe,

in European History Quarterly

46

(4)

pp. 758-759

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Gaskill, M.

(2016)

Money, Sex, Lies, Magic: The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother by Ulinka Rublack. Oxford, 359 pp, £20.00, October 2015, ISBN 978 0 19 873677 6,

in London Review of Books

38

(13)

pp. 29-30

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2016)

Silence and suspicion: witchcraft in a seventeenth-century American household,

UEA Repository

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Gaskill, M.

(2016)

The demonstration of witchcraft: emotion and proof in early modern England,

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Gaskill, M.

(2015)

The personification of witchcraft: emotion, identity and reality in early modern England,

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Gaskill, M.

(2014)

Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans,

Oxford: Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-967296-7

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Gaskill, M.

(2013)

Witchcraft and Neighbourliness in Early Modern England,

in Remaking English Society : Social Relations and Social Change in Early Modern England.

Boydell Press

pp. 211-232

ISBN 978-1843837961

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Gaskill, M.

(2010)

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction,

OUP Oxford

ISBN 9780199236954

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Gaskill, M.

(2009)

Fear made flesh: the English witch-panic of 1645-7,

in Moral Panics, the Press and the Law in Early Modern England.

Palgrave

ISBN 9780230527324

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Gaskill, M.

(2009)

Masculinity and witchcraft in seventeenth-century England,

in Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe.

Palgrave

ISBN 9780230553293

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Gaskill, M.

(2008)

The Pursuit of Reality: Recent research into the reality of witchcraft,

in Historical Journal

51 (4)

pp. 1069-1088

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Gaskill, M.

(2008)

Witchcraft and evidence in early modern England,

in Past and Present

198

pp. 33-70

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Gaskill, M.

(2008)

Witchcraft, emotion and imagination in the English civil war,

in Witchcraft and the Act of 1604.

Brill

ISBN 9789004165281

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Gaskill, M.

(2007)

Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy,

Harvard University Press

ISBN 9780674025424

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(Published)


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Key Research Interests

His research interests are in British social and cultural history, 1500–1800, particularly the history of mentalities. He has written extensively about the history of witch-beliefs and witchcraft prosecutions, and is also interested in crime and the law, and the supernatural in the twentieth century, especially spiritualism and psychical research, 1920–50. He is currently writing a short history of witchcraft, while researching a book about emotion, mentality and culture in seventeenth-century English America.