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)

Little commonwealths II: communities,

in A Social History of England, 1500-1750.

CUP

ISBN 9781107041790

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2017)

Afterword: passions in perspective,

in Emotions in the History of Witchcraft.

Palgrave

ISBN 978-1-137-52902-2

Full Text UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


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

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2016)

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

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2016)

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

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2015)

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

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2014)

Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans,

Oxford: Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-967296-7

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


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

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2010)

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction,

OUP Oxford

ISBN 9780199236954

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


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

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2009)

Masculinity and witchcraft in seventeenth-century England,

in Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe.

Palgrave

ISBN 9780230553293

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2008)

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

in Historical Journal

51 (4)

pp. 1069-1088

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2008)

Witchcraft and evidence in early modern England,

in Past and Present

198

pp. 33-70

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2008)

Witchcraft, emotion and imagination in the English civil war,

in Witchcraft and the Act of 1604.

Brill

ISBN 9789004165281

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2007)

Witchcraft, Politics and Memory in Seventeenth-Century England,

in Historical Journal

50 (2)

pp. 289-308

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2006)

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

in Scientia Poetica

10

pp. 237-53

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2005)

Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


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

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


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

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gaskill, M.

(2001)

Hellish Nell: Last of Britain's Witches,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(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.