Looking back over Books I have read, 1, 2-6, 7-10, 13-18, 19-22, 23-27, 28-34 I have spotted that I can’t count as I seem to have missed books 11 and 12! drat.

This now lets us get on with going up the numbers like less of a muppet 😀

Book 36 was a massive sticking point that has been with me for a while, It is a heavy book with a lot of information, it covers from prehistoric peoples, to almost up to the year of its publication. As such it touches on Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, and Wica [sic]. It continues to treat all Religion (Including Ne-Paganism, Wicca, and Christianity) from what comes across as a kind of Agnostic view point. The book includes the following interesting timeline, relating to Shakespeare’s life:

Approximate Date The Plays Witch Trials Books about witchcraft Other Publications and Events
1550
1563 Elizabeth I’s Witchcraft Law
1564 Shakespeare born
1566 The Witches of Chelmsford
1577 Historie of Scotland. Holinshed
1579 The Windsor witches
1582 The Witches of St Oses
1584 The Discovery of Witchcraft, R. Scot
1589 Henry VI, pt 1 Richard III. Anon (play)
1590 Henry VI, pt 2
1591 Henry VI, pt 3
1592 Richard II
1593 Comedy of Errors The Witches of Warboys A Dialogue concerning Witches and Witchcraft, G. Gifford
Titus Andronicus
1594 Taming of the Shrew
Two Gentleman of Verona
1595 Love’s Labours Lost
Romeo and Juliet
1596 Richard III
A Midsummers Night’s Dream
King John
1597 The Merchant of Venice Alice Goodridge (Derby) Demonology, James I
Henry IV, pt 1
1598 Henry IV, pt 2
Much Ado About Nothing
Henry V
1599 Julius Caesar
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
1600 Hamlet The Witch, T. Middleton (play)
1601 The Merry Wives of Windsor
1602 Troilus and Cressida
1603 All’s Well That Ends Well Coronation of James I
1604 Made For Measure The Tragical History of Dr Faustus, C. Marlowe
1605 Othello
King Lear
1606 Macbeth
1607 Anthony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
1608 Timon of Athens Discourse on the Damned Art of Witchcraft, W. Perkins
1609 Pericles
1610 Cymbeline
1611 The Winter’s Tale
1612 The Tempest Witches of Northamptonshire Anatomy of Sorcery, J. Mason
1613 Henry VIII Lancashire Witches
1616 Agnes Scottie Trial of Witchcraft, J. Cotta Shakespeare died
1617 Mystery of Witchcraft, J. Cooper
1618 Margaret and Phillip Flower Treatise of Witchcraft, A. Roberts
1628 Second Lancashire Witches
1635 Helen Isbuster
1638 The Wise Woman of Hogsdon, T. Heywood (play)
1645 Mother Lakeland
Williamson, Cordiden and Holt
1646 John Palmer and Eliz. Knott The Discovery of Witches, M. Hopkins
1650 The St Albans Witches

I will update the 100+ Reading Challenge page at some point soon too!