Professor Michael Trimble is an emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology, the author of several books presenting the interface of neuroscience, creativity and culture, and a popular lecturer.
His interest in witchcraft relates to its association with madness, and the legal trials in which neuropsychiatric evidence was first brought forward by the defence. King James I’s Witchcraft Act (1604) increased enthusiasm for witch-hunting, many were identified in East Anglia: the 'Witchfinder General' found plenty in Norfolk.
In this talk, Trimble identifies key people, illnesses and trials in this saga of religion, misogyny, masochism and the emergence of neuropsychiatry.
Running time 1 hour