Occult Politics in British HistorywithDr Francis Young

Dr Francis Young joins the Symposium to share the research he’s conducted on the intersections between esoteric practices and political history in Britain.

From the druids to Merlin’s age, from the Tudors tp the Stuart Monarchy, we will touch on many touchstones in the British history of politics and the occult, including alchemy, John Dee and so much more!

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About our guest

Dr Francis Young is a historian of religion and belief who teaches for the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education and is the author or editor of 20 books including Magic in Merlin’s Realm (2022) and Twilight of the Godlings (2023) https://amzn.to/3ZJOieS

Most relevant publications:

Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England: A History of Sorcery and Treason (Bloomsbury, 2017) https://amzn.to/3zBpmLX

Magic in Merlin’s Realm: A History of Occult Politics in Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2022) https://amzn.to/3Kv8cpr

Twitter handle: @DrFrancisYoung

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00:00:00 Introduction: Support Angela’s Symposium

00:02:46 Magic in Merlin’s Realm

00:08:08 John Dee in British Politics

00:11:56 The British Empire

00:14:26 Joan of Arc

00:18:35 Magic as a political threat

00:25:34 Magic evolving through history

00:30:24 Anne Boleyn

00:34:49 Gender difference

00:38:26 Class difference

00:46:01 Is Magic inherited or learned?

00:49:02 Women as court magicians

00:54:12 How is Magic evolving

00:58:35 The powerful use magic in secret

01:02:15 Support Angela’s Symposium

Published on April 9, 2023