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Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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The Wild Hunt: ghosts, goddesses and witches in medieval Europe

16th February 2016, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 140, Professor Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol)

Part of the Institute of Advanced Study's 'Evidence of Spirits' lecture series.

The Wild Hunt is a phenomenon which looms large in the modern Western consciousness, both in works of fiction and in those of history; and in the latter it has recently achieved a special importance as one of the building blocks of the idea of the witches' sabbath. It is generally viewed as a nocturnal cavalcade of ghosts and fairies, led by a supernatural male or female figure and derived from pagan antiquity. This lecture aims to answer the questions of where this idea comes from, how much it corresponds to actual ancient and medieval belief, and how much it did contribute to the concept of the witches' sabbath.

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