Lecture: Magic in Medieval Communities

Date: 1st December 2020

Time: 7pm

Location: The Barn

In medieval England, magic and the supernatural were a part of everyday life. In this talk Dr Tabitha Stanmore will explore what role magic played in medieval people’s everyday experience: what it was used for, how far it was trusted or feared, and how it affected community relationships. We will look at common spells and beliefs, and consider what this can tell us about the past.

Tabitha is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, where she researches practical or ‘service’ magic in late medieval and early modern England. She completed her PhD, entitled Love Spells and Lost Spoons: practical magic in English society c. 1350-1650, in 2019 at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. Tabitha has spoken on BBC Radio and The Folklore Podcast about her research, and is currently working on her first book.

£5 per person

Refreshments including tea, coffee, wine, and cake will be available.

Safety is our priority so this lecture will be taking place in the Main Barn where we are able to be seated in a socially distanced manner. When you book a ticket, please book for your group (up to 6 people) and we will group your seats together. We are asking that adults wear a face covering while indoors. The Main Barn can be on the chilly side at this time of year so wrap up warm! We’ll send out a reminder email closer to the time with up to date guidance and a guide of what to expect on the day.