Andrew Allen

Bombina bombina by Marek Szczepanek. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Allen describes how the toad owes its relationship with witchcraft to the virulent poisons that its warty skin produces.

A witch feeding her toad-imps in a 1630 woodcut.

Andrew Allen looks at one of the bizarre fairground attractions of Georgian England and the fate of its practitioners.