John Callow is an author, screenwriter and historian, specialising in Seventeenth Century politics, witchcraft, and popular culture.
He is the author of 10 books including: 'The Making of James II' (2000); 'Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe' (co-authored with Geoffrey Scarre, 2001); 'King In Exile' (2004); 'James II - The Triumph & the Tragedy' (2005); 'Marx in London' (co-authored with Lord Asa Briggs, 2008); 'Change the World' (2010); 'The Art of Revolution' (2011); 'GMB@Work - The story behind the Union' (2012); and 'James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland' (2013).
He has appeared on television programmes and radio shows for BBC, ITV, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 3 & 4, Sky, Russia Today & BBC World Service.
John gained a First Class BA Honours degree from Lancaster University, an MA with distinction from Durham. and holds a Doctorate from Lancaster University, that was funded by the British Academy.
He has lectured at Lancaster University, Goldsmiths College, Wuhan University, at the Peace Institute, Ljubljana, and the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Vietnam. For eight years, he worked as the Director of Archives at the Marx Memorial Library, in London. John is currently a Political Officer for the GMB Union and a visiting tutor at the University of Suffolk.
He is working on a new cultural history of witchcraft, 'Embracing the Darkness', soon to be published by I.B. Tauris.
John Callow on how the Civil War and Matthew Hopkins birthed a new witchcraft, stretching from Salem to Wicca
John Callow is a writer and historian, specialising in Seventeenth Century politics and popular culture. He is the author of 'The Making of James II', 'Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Europe', 'King in Exile' and 'James II -The Triumph and the Tragedy'. His new book ‘Embracing the Darkness. A Cultural History of Witchcraft’ has just been published by I.B. Tauris.
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Deposed in the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688, King James II of England and VII of Scotland was exiled to France and became the original ‘king over the water’. In his book, James II: King in Exile, author John Callow explores how the often-overlooked final years of the monarch’s life were filled with reinvention...