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.

(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)

Witchcraft, Politics and Memory in Seventeenth-Century England

in Historical Journal

50 (2).

pp. 289-308

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Gaskill, M.

(2006)

Time's Arrows: Context and Anachronism in the History of Mentalities

in EPRINTS-JOURNAL

10.

pp. 237-53

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Gaskill, M.

(2005)

Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy

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Gaskill, M.

(2003)

Mentalities from crime: listening to witnesses in early modern England

In: Droit et Societé en France et en Grande-Bretagne XIIe–XXe Siècles.

Publications de la Sorbonne

pp. 91-101

ISBN 2859444882

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Gaskill, M.

(2002)

New directions in the history of crime and the law in early modern England

In: Crime, Gender and Sexuality in Criminal Prosecutions.

Greenwood Press

pp. 147-169

ISBN 0313310130

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Gaskill, M.

(2001)

Hellish Nell: Last of Britain's Witches

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Gaskill, M.

(2001)

The Matthew Hopkins Trials

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Gaskill, M.

(2001)

Witches and Witnesses in old and New England

In: Languages of Witchcraft: Narrative, Ideology and Meaning in Early Modern Culture.

Macmillan

pp. 55-80

ISBN 0333793498

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Gaskill, M.

(2000)

Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern England

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Gaskill, M.

(2000)

Witches and witchcraft prosecutions, 1560-1660

In: Early Modern Kent 1540-1640.

Woodbridge: The Boydell Press

pp. 245-77

ISBN 0851155855

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Gaskill, M.

(1998)

The devil in the shape of a man: witchcraft, conflict and belief in Jacobean England

in Historical Research

71 (175).

pp. 142-71

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Gaskill, M.

(1998)

Reporting murder: fiction in the archives in early modern England

in Social History

23 (1).

pp. 1-30

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Gaskill, M.

(1996)

The displacement of providence: policing and prosecution in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England

in Continuity and Change

11.

pp. 341-74

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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.

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