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Demons and Dames - Demons and Dames the Podcast EPISODE 6, 11th February 2020
Anne Gunter the Oxford Demoniac
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Anne Gunter the Oxford Demoniac

In 1604 Anne Gunter, under extreme pressure from her father, did "feign and counterfeit herself to be bewitched”.

Join Ash & Sarah as they explore this fascinating and well documented case of Demonic Possession in which a slip of a girl hoodwinked the leading London doctors, the Oxford Dons, and even the King. Explore what motivated Anne's Demonic possession and the socio-cultural nature of medical diagnostics in the early 17th century that spanned the natural world and the demonic.

(also Ash makes fun of Sarah for falling down the stairs ...again)


  • J. Sharpe, The bewitching of Anne Gunter: a horrible and true story of deception, witchcraft, murder and the king (1999)
  • Walker, D. (1981). Unclean Spirits : Possession and Exorcism in France and England in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries.
  • Ewen, C. (1938). Witchcraft in the Star Chamber.
  • Sharpe, J. (1997). Instruments of Darkness : Witchcraft in England 1550-1750.
  • Jorden, E. (1603). A Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother: Written Uppon Occasion Which Hath Beene of Late Taken Thereby, to Suspect Possession of an Evill Spirit, or Some Such like Supernaturall Power. Wherein Is Declared That Divers Strange Actions and Passions of the Body of Man, Which ... Are Imputed to the Divell, Have Their True Naturall Causes, and Do Accompanie This Disease .