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The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt
The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt

The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt

Europe's Most Obsessive Dynasty


264 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $25.95)

Publication Date: November 2007

ISBN 9780752444253

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Nov 2007)

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Scotland, in common with the rest of Europe, was troubled from time to time by outbreaks of witchcraft which the authorities sought to contain and then to suppress, and the outbreak of 1658-1662 is generally agreed to represent the high water mark of Scottish persecution. These were peculiar years for Scotland. For nine years Scotland was effectively an English province with largely English officials in charge. In 1660 this suddenly changed, so the threat to church and state from a plague of witches was particularly disturbing. The tension between imported official English attitudes to witchcraft and the revived fervor of Calvinist religion combined to produce a peculiar atmosphere in which the activities of witches drew hostile attention to an unprecedented degree.


"An amazing account of the Scots women in league with the Devil." —The Sunday Post

"A stimulating account." —The Scotsman

"A fascinating, detailed account of the characters, the accusations, their trials and their subsequent fates." —The Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Author Biography

P. G. Maxwell-Stuart is the author of Satan’s Conspiracy: Magic & Witchcraft in Sixteenth Century Scotland, Witchcraft: A History, Witch Hunters and Wizards: A History.