One intense public argument over superstition, the occult and diagnosis shows how the invention of printing technology enabled people to share their opinions as never before, with many topics even ‘trending’.
Fake news in the 17th century
About the author
Christy Henshaw manages Wellcome Collection’s digitisation programme. She is constantly amused and mystified by the collections and works with her team to make them available freely to all.
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Research more by exploring several hundred digitised early English and European printed books.
Read about how the lines between confession and therapy could become blurred in the medieval period.
Visit the Reading Room and browse through books and other items about superstition in the ‘faith’ niche, including a collection of amulets.