Encounters with the Witch-Finders
This workshop helps students understand the role that the witch-finders Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne played in the East Anglian witch-hunts of 1645-7. It gives students practice in analysing primary source evidence from the period, and encourages them to empathise with the people involved in the witch-hunts by means of role-play. It is structured by the powerpoint presentation and lesson plan, which frame the group analysis of case-studies (five case-studies are provided) and role-play activity (see role-play handout). It can be run over one or extended to two teaching hours.


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  • Encounter with the Witch-Finders powerpoint.ppt
  • Witch-finders lesson plan.docx
  • Witch-finders case-study 1 Durrant vs Johnson.doc
  • Witch-finders case-study 2 Otley vs Johnson.doc
  • Witch-finders case-study 3 Edwards vs Gooding and Leech.doc
  • Witch-finders case-study 4 Taylor vs Gooding.doc
  • Witch-finders case-study 5 Man vs Lowes.doc
  • Witch-finders role-play activity handout.docx

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Created: Jul 18, 2013

Updated: Mar 15, 2014

Lesson plan

ppt, 5 MB

Encounter with the Witch-Finders powerpoint

Lesson plan

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Witch-finders lesson plan


doc, 32 KB

Witch-finders case-study 1 Durrant vs Johnson

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