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Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction

Tuesday 25 March 2014

1 Hour


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Historian Tracy Borman traces the dramatic events at Belvoir Castle in the 17th century when one of Britain’s great noble families was stricken with a mystery – and in some cases fatal – illness, blamed on witches. The case was one of those that became part of the European witch craze between the 15th and 18th centuries. Suspected witches were burned, hanged or tortured. The case of the Earl of Rutland was typical in many ways but, as Bormann reveals, there was much more to it, including a conspiracy masterminded by a Machiavellian figure at the Jacobean court that has remained hidden for centuries.

Borman is author of several highly acclaimed books including Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror and Elizabeth’s Women. She is chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust and interim chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces.