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Aug 21, 2017

The political and religious fallout of the North Berwick witch hunt that began in 1591 continued to effect Scotland for the next decade. A hardline Protestant church, a weakened nobility, and a king determined to destroy the enemies of God in his kingdo, all contributed to one of the worst witch hunts in British history.


This episode primarily makes use of the following texts:

  • Newes From Scotland London, 1591
  • James Stuart, Daemonologie, 1597
  • Julian Goodare, The Government of Scotland 1560-1625 (Oxford, 2004)
  • Julian Goodare (ed.), The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context, (Manchester, 2002)
  • Lawrence Normand and Gareth Roberts, Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches, Exeter, 2000

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