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Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder 

Religious zeal, paranoia and trumped-up charges. For a century, they fueled brutal scourges that claimed innocent lives.






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Series cast summary:
Suzannah Lipscomb ...  Herself - Presenter 2 episodes, 2015
Kathy Trevelyan Kathy Trevelyan ...  Agnes Sampson 2 episodes, 2015
Lee Ravitz Lee Ravitz ...  John Stearne / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Clare Langford Clare Langford ...  Alison Devize / ... 2 episodes, 2015
James Groom ...  King James VI 2 episodes, 2015
Sally Mortemore ...  Elizabeth Device / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Gabriel Lo Giudice ...  Mathew Hopkins 2 episodes, 2015
Trevor Allan Davies ...  John Lawe / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Malcolm Tomlinson ...  John Gaule / ... 2 episodes, 2015


Religious zeal, paranoia and trumped-up charges. For a century, they fueled brutal scourges that claimed innocent lives.

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Defence of Lipscomb
30 January 2017 | by butwellrSee all my reviews

I would be curious to know if other reviewers have actually read any of Dr Lipscomb's academic publications? Her integrity as a historian is beyond reproach, her use of documentary evidence and development of sound arguments comply with the practices of legitimate history scholars. It should be remembered that history on television is targeted at a non-academic, and therefore more general audience. It is not possible to gauge an academic's credibility, and therefore the relevance of a body of work without considering the audience for which it is intended. It is common practice for credible historians to simplify complex and convoluted arguments in order to make history more accessible to the non-academic audience, this is what Lipscomb appears to have done in Which Hunt:A Century of Murder. By focusing on the stories of individuals she has tried to bring complex historical events alive to an audience that may not have any previous knowledge of the period, making history more accessible by making it personal.

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