Author and historical consultant on witchcraft and magic

About Marion Gibson

Author and historical consultant oN witchcraft and magic

“I’m a historian of witchcraft and magic. In particular, I write books about ancient and modern witches and witch-trials in Britain, Europe, America and Africa. My books tell the stories of people accused of witchcraft, their fascinating worlds – both everyday and magical – and the people who feared and persecuted them.

I’ve also written about whether witches were pagans, on ancient paganism in Britain, on puritans, religion, women’s history and magic in literature from Shakespeare to the present day.

I love talking about witches and magic on radio and TV, in podcasts and at festivals, making history come alive.”

Marion Gibson writes about witches and magic in history. She’s been interested in witches for over thirty years, since she read the words of women accused of witchcraft in Elizabethan England. Why were they accused of crimes they didn’t commit? And why did they confess?

Marion’s books tell the stories of these women and the men accused alongside them, and she explores the wider history of witch trials, folklore, magical and pagan beliefs and things that go bump in the night. She’s a Professor and teaches at Exeter University in south west England where her students read everything from medieval witch-hunting manuals to Gothic novels, and trial records to Harry Potter.

Marion’s book Witchcraft tells the stories of thirteen important witch trials around the world from the fifteenth century to the present day. She’s seldom happier than when she’s peering at worm-eaten parchments, wandering around old towns with her partner and dog, and imagining herself and her readers back into the past. She also has a three-legged cat, but it’s definitely not a familiar.

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via her agents for information on her availability for historical consulting and writing opportunities