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The Scottish Coronation of Charles 1

The depressed state of the country and unsettled nature of European politics, still dealing with the aftermath of the Reformation encouraged the spread of many diverse religious cults, superstition and belief in astrology and witchcraft.

“Thoughts are things”. Witchcraft and sorcery are based in the belief that certain persons within a community may harm their fellow man through supernatural means by use of charms, spells curses enchantments and the creation of storms. Belief in witch craft or black-magic was age old and had a powerful hold on the superstitious mind. Witches and sorcerers were believed to be able to kill others or make them ill by invisible means, or cause people to become victims of accidents, or to destroy the property of others. Many ‘epidemics’ of witchcraft occurred in medieval Europe, they are now recognised by anthropologists as a psychological social symptom attributable to political and religious upheaval and economic changes of the time. The 16th and 17th centuries were particularly affected by “witch-crazes” becoming more hysterical as the centuries progressed. It is also Suggested that the Reformation removed magic from religion, so people looked elsewhere for the miraculous.
The Scottish Coronation of Charles 1 was intended to cement the relationship between the Monarch and the nation. And after eight postponements, many felt he was ruling his native and ancient Kingdom with scant respect.

The Scots had waited eight years for Charles’ visit and were determined to put on a spectacular show. The King was equally determined to make his mark on Scotland and travelled up in splendid self-sufficiency with a huge entourage of 250 lords and courtiers, nearly one thousand servants and all their baggage including a silver gilt banqueting service for over 200 people.

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