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Charlotte Rose Millar

Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar is a UQ Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The University of Queensland and an Associate Investigator (2016‒2017) with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100‒1800) (CHE). After completing her PhD on witchcraft, emotions and the devil through CHE at The University of Melbourne, Charlotte is now working on attitudes to love, sex and marriage in post-Reformation England. Her book, Witchcraft, the Devil and Emotions in Early Modern England was published by Routledge in 2017. She is also the author of numerous works on witchcraft, diabolism, emotions and sexual practices in early modern England and has won two prizes for her published work.

As a UQ Fellow, Charlotte-Rose is working on a new project about the emotional resonances of belief in early modern England. On the surface, this project is about ghosts - a phenomenon deserving of more attention in historical scholarship - but it is fundamentally about how emotions shape belief. Emotional experience was key to how ghosts were interpreted and, as this project argues, crucial to their continuation within a period of large-scale religious change. By examining affective responses to ghosts in early modern England, the project will shed light on how ghosts were interpreted and also highlight how studying past emotions can transform our understanding of changing religious and supernatural beliefs in early modern England.


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The Devil is in the Pamphlets: Witchcraft and Emotion in Seventeenth-Century England

Everyday Voices: Constructions of Love, Sex and Desire in Early Modern England



Witchcraft, the Devil and Emotions in Early Modern England. London: Routledge, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8549-6

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

'Diabolical men: reintegrating male witches into English witchcraft'. The Seventeenth Century (2020). Published online 26 October 2020

'Familiar Spirits'. In Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction, edited by S. Broomhall. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

'Church and Parish Records'.  In Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction, edited by. S. Broomhall. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.'Rebecca West’s Demonic Marriage: Exploring Emotions, Ritual and Women’s Agency in Seventeenth-Century England'. Women’s History (formerly Women’s History Magazine) 2.4 (2016): 4–11.

'Over-Familiar Spirits: Seventeenth Century English Witches and Their Devils'.  In Emotions in the History of Witchcraft, edited by Laura Kounine and Michael Ostling. Palgrave Series for Studies in the History of Emotions.  Basingstoke: Pagrave Macmillan, 2016.

'Sleeping with Devils: the Sexual Witch in Seventeenth-Century England'.  In Supernatural and Secular Power in Early Modern England, edited by V. Bladen and M. Harmes. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

'The Witchcraft Confederacy'. In A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins: Essays in Honour of Charles Zika, eds. Michael Pickering and Julie Davies. Parkville: Melbourne Historical Journal Collective, 2014.

'Witchcraft and Deviant Sexuality: A Case Study of Dr Lambe'.  In The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture, edited by M. Harmes, L. Henderson, B. Harmes and A.Antonio, pp. 51–62. Toowoomba: University of Southern Queensland, 2012.

'The Witch’s Familiar in Sixteenth-Century England'. Melbourne Historical Journal 38 (2010):119–36.


'Requiem for a Bad Dream: Fear of the Night, the Devil and the Nightmare in Early Modern England', 13 June 2017.

Awarded the Don Yoder Prize for Religious Folklife by the American Folklore Society.

Awarded The University of Melbourne History Fellows Prize.


Conference Paper: ‘The Importance of Emotions in Understanding Supernatural Belief’, Third International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ‘The Future of Emotions/Conversations Without Borders’, The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018.

Conference Paper: ‘Who has the Power? The Witch, the Devil and the Dangers of Emotion in Early Modern England’, ‘Powerful Emotions/Emotions and Power’ conference, University of York, 28‒29 June 2017.

Conference Paper: ‘Fear of the Night, the Devil and the Nightmare in Early Modern England’, ‘Fears and Angers: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’ conference, Queen Mary University of London, 19–20 June 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Male Witches in Early Modern England: Their Intimate, Emotional Bonds with the Devil’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University College London, 4–6 April 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Interpreting the Nightmare Encounter in English Witchcraft Narratives’, 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) ‘Mobility and Exchange’, Wellington, NZ, 7‒10 February 2017.

Workshop Panel Paper: ‘Finding Emotions in Early Modern English Witchcraft Pamphlets’, ‘Approaching Inner Lives: Thinking, Feeling, Believing, 1300‒1900’ workshop, University of East Anglia, 18 January 2017.


'Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power', The University of Queensland Art Museum, 1 March–29 June 2019.


'The Spellbinding World of Witchcraft and the Supernatural' - Charlotte-Rose Millar, UQ Change Makers, 10 September 2018.