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Tabitha Stanmore

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter and a specialist in medieval and early modern magic. Spanning the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, I am interested in the role magic and the supernatural has played in the everyday life, culture and politics of past societies.

I am part of the Leverhulme-funded Seven County Witch Hunt Project, investigating the people affected by the 1640s witch trials in eastern England.

My doctoral research explored the use of ‘service’ magic - practical spells sold by professional magicians - in premodern England. My first monograph, Love Spells and Lost Treasure: Service magic in England from the later Middle Ages to the early modern period, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2022. My first book for wider readership, Cunning Folk: Life in the era of practical magic, will be published with The Bodley Head (UK) and Bloomsbury (US) in 2024.


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Exeter
  • 2021–2022
    Lecturer, University of Bristol
  • 2015–2019
    PhD Researcher, University of Bristol


  • 2019 
    University of Bristol, PhD History