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Aug 2, 2017

The North Berwick Witch Hunt was one of the deadliest witch trials in British history, spawned from one interrogation and implicating people from every strata of society; the poor, the wealthy, peasants, nobles, farmers, and teachers. It led to around seventy executions, and was the backdrop of multiple...


Jul 17, 2017

Mary, Queen of Scots was forced out of her kingdom when he son was only a year old; the newly crowned James VI had to contend with coups, counter-coups, rebellion, kidnapping, assassination attempts, and more. The reign of his mother provides the context for the fractured country that he would rule, through regents...


Jul 3, 2017

James VI of Scotland is one of, if not the, most witch-obsessed monarchs of the early modern era. He wrote a several volume treatise on the topic and oversaw the largest witch hunts in all of Scottish history. Today's episode is the tale of how Danish and Scottish witches colluded to try and drown him and his new...


Jun 19, 2017

Many of the witch hunters at the head of the worst trials were convinced of the existence of the Witches' Sabbat, a blasphemous gathering of sorcerers that met with the Devil, took part in demonic orgies, and planned their terrible crimes. Suspected witches were tortured into admitting they attended these sabbats, and...


Jun 12, 2017

The deadliest trials of the Early Modern Period were also the ones with the greatest number of young victims. Children as young as seven are recorded as being tortured and executed for the crime of witchcraft. Fleeing the city was not enough; extradition was actively sought for those suspected of the crime, and it...