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Malcolm Gaskill

Malcolm Gaskill is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia, specialising in the social and cultural history of seventeenth-century England and America, particularly the history of witchcraft.

He is the author of five books, including Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy and Hellish Nell: Last of Britain's Witches, a biography of the spiritualist medium Helen Duncan, the last woman imprisoned under the Witchcraft Act in 1944.

His last book was Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans, and he is currently working on The Ruin of all Witches: Death and Desire in an Age of Enchantment, the story of a witch-panic in a New England frontier town, to be published in 2021 by Penguin, Allen Lane.

He is also interested in war and memory in the twentieth century, about which he has written about for the TLS and London Review of Books. This is also a key theme of Hellish Nell, a revised edition of which is underway.


Hellish Nell: Last of Britain's Witches (2001)
Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy (2005)
Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans (2014)

Malcolm Gaskill Titles