Medieval guide to witch hunting

What do you know about witches? Most modern ideas of witchcraft may come from a manuscript, one of only four known copies, found in the library of the University of Alberta. Treatise against the Sect of Waldensians, written in the 15th century, created the framework for witch hunts. Paul Kennedy of CBCRadio hosts an hour-long podcast on the book.

The manuscript, found in the basement of the library, is thought to be the original of a treatise written in medieval French by Johannes Tinctor in 1460.

Participants in the program:

  • Dr. Andrew Gow, Professor of History and Director in Program of Religious Studies, University of Alberta.
  • Dr. Rob Desjardins, sessional instructor in medieval history at Grant MacEwan University, Edmoon.
  • Fran├žois Pageau, Doctoral student in medieval history, University of Alberta.
  • Dr. Linda Quirk, Assistant Director, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library,, University of Alberta.
  • Carolyn Morgan, Conservator, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta.