Enemies of God : Witch Hunt in Scotland

Christina Larner

For many years the European witch craze of the 16th and 17th centuries was considered a subject of almost bad taste to study. Then came World War II and a genocide which was the greatest convulsion of evil the world had ever seen. Scholars realized that the witch cult was still with us. This is the story of how a rapidly growing and civilized European nation could turn on itself in a frenzy of violence, and marginalize and kill its own people in a hysteria which became both self-perpetuating and self-justifying of how otherwise sober and intelligent people could defend this killing, and of how a state could use mass murder as an instrument of state policy.