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)

Afterword: passions in perspective

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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

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Gaskill, M.

(2016)

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

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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

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Gaskill, M.

(2013)

Witchcraft and Neighbourliness in Early Modern England

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Gaskill, M.

(2010)

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

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Gaskill, M.

(2009)

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

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Gaskill, M.

(2009)

Masculinity and witchcraft in seventeenth-century England

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Gaskill, M.

(2008)

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

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Gaskill, M.

(2008)

Witchcraft and evidence in early modern England

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Gaskill, M.

(2008)

Witchcraft, emotion and imagination in the English civil war

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Gaskill, M.

(2007)

Witchcraft, Politics and Memory in Seventeenth-Century England

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Gaskill, M.

(2006)

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

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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

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Gaskill, M.

(2002)

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

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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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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.