Daemonologie: Witch trials, witch hunting and the Scottish Reformation.

Course Dates: 11/02/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Nearly 4,000 individuals were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the Early Modern period - approximately three times the total number of prosecutions that took place in England. Join us to explore the religious, cultural and political factors that informed attitudes to witches, witch-hunting and witch trials in Scotland.
Book your place
In stock
Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HBH25

Sat, day, 11 Feb - 11 Feb '23

Duration: 1 session

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

On this weekend workshop we will focus on the social, political, religious and cultural factors that influenced definitions of witches, witchcraft and witchcraft trials in Early Modern Scotland. Witch-hunting and witchcraft trials appear to have reached peaks in 1590-1, 1597, 1628-30, 1649 and 1661-2, falling briefly during the English occupation of Scotland during Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate era, and we will explore how key events may have influenced these peaks.

What will we cover?

• Witches in England and Scotland: a cultural comparison
• What is a witch? Perceptions and misconceptions of witches and witchcraft
• The Scottish Reformation and witchcraft
• Witchcraft legislation and court ‘evidence’
• Witch-hunters in Early Modern Scotland
• James VI and the North Berwick Witch Trails
• The impact of the Civil Wars & Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate era on witchcraft
• Charles II, Scotland & Witchcraft.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Explain how gender, class and national identity affect how witches are portrayed in popular culture
• Assess the impact of the Scottish Reformation on definitions of witchcraft and legislation
• Explain the role of James VI and his book Daemonologie in perceptions of witchcraft and witchcraft trails
• Evaluate the impact of the Civil Wars and the Protectorate era on witchcraft trials
• Assess how the Restoration of the Stuart monarchy affected witchcraft trails in Scotland.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

A basic general knowledge of the Early Modern period would be helpful but this is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the topic is required. Please note that this course covers social, religious and political factors rather than Scottish folklore.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught via an interactive lecture. Reading/free articles will be provided.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad to class if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH45 England, Scotland and the Irish Plantation System.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.