Alongside the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical past documents that a few girls have been performed as witches. however, the truth of what occurred the evening that Janet Cornfoot was once lynched at Pittenweem is difficult to understand as one sits through the harbour gazing the fishing boats dump their seize and the excitement boats emerging with the tide. How might humans do that to an outdated lady? Why used to be no-one ever delivered to justice? And why may an individual shield this sort of lynching? the duty of the historian is to attempt to make occasions some time past come alive and appear much less unusual. the main points of the witch-hunt are attention-grabbing. a number of the anecdotes are unusual. the trendy reader reveals it challenging to visualize disease being blamed at the malevolence of a beggar lady denied charity, or the industrial failure of a sea voyage being attributed to the village hag, no longer undesirable climate. Witch-hunting used to be relating to principles, values, attitudes and political occasions. It used to be a classy method, regarding non secular and civil gurus, village tensions and the fears of the elite. The witch-hunt in Scotland additionally happened at a time while one of many major agendas used to be the construction of a righteous or godly society. for this reason, non secular professionals had keep an eye on over points of people's lives which look as unusual to us at the present time as ideals approximately magic or witchcraft. It used to be no longer unintended that the witch-hunt in Scotland, and particularly in Fife, must have occurred at the present. This ebook tells the tale of what happened over a interval of a century and a part, and gives a few clarification as to why it happened.
From John Flanagan, writer of the global bestselling Ranger's Apprentice—the first in a brand new prequel sequence featuring one of our favourite Rangers, Halt!
whilst Halt and Crowley notice that the bold Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers with the intention to corrupt the Corps, the younger Rangers commute north to discover Prince Duncan, looking a royal warrant to prevent Morgarath ahead of it truly is too past due. via weakening the Rangers, the main strong strength in aid of the King, Morgarath plans to scouse borrow the throne.
Yet whilst Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they become aware of simply how shut Morgarath’s scheme is to luck. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. even as, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the belief and admiration of the Council of Barons to extra his plan. If the younger Rangers are to avoid the coup from succeeding, they're going to need to tread a deadly course, which leads them to an exciting climax on the annual event at Gorlan, the place a sequence of sour duels has to be fought and won.
This foundation tale brings readers to a time sooner than Will was once an apprentice, and lays the foundation for the epic battles that might culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge—Books 1 and a couple of of the Ranger’s Apprentice series.
Praise for the recent York occasions bestselling Tournament at Gorlan
* "Action and intrigue, nice characters, and a safely frightening villain make this e-book an absolute necessity for any library. With allure for either girls and boys, libraries can expect a ready checklist for this name and nice anticipation for the sequel."–School Library Connection, starred review
"Flanagan’s ordinary mixture of motion, humor, and cliff-hanger endings could have lovers and newcomers hooked."–School Library Journal
Each element of old Egyptian society-from schooling and legislation to medication, delivery, and death-was permeated by way of faith and magic, and ruled via divine existence forces of the solar and the Nile. during this attention-grabbing paintings, Rosalie David unearths the advanced and fascinating global of gods and goddesses, tracing the background of Egyptian religion practices from the civilization's starting via its development into an empire and its later years as a Roman province. Concluding with a word list and together with new translations of Egyptian spells, this is often a necessary paintings for college kids, students, or somebody excited about the traditional international.
By Persi Diaconis
Magical Mathematics unearths the secrets and techniques of fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical rules at the back of them--that will astound even the main entire magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham supply effortless, step by step directions for every trick, explaining how you can manage the impact and delivering pointers on what to claim and do whereas acting it. each one card trick introduces a brand new mathematical proposal, and ranging the tips in flip takes readers to the very threshold of brand new mathematical wisdom.
Diaconis and Graham inform the stories--and exhibit the simplest tricks--of the eccentric and tremendous inventors of mathematical magic. The publication exposes outdated playing secrets and techniques during the arithmetic of shuffling playing cards, explains the vintage street-gambling rip-off of three-card Monte, strains the heritage of mathematical magic again to the oldest mathematical trick--and a lot more.
By Leah Gordon
Vodou is magic. yet it is also even more! it is a faith of charms and rituals meant to empower lifestyles and convey luck to people who perform it. Vodou is a deeply religious and visually outstanding faith encompassing rituals, songs, and dances evoking spirits that believers realize as a part of nature. This engrossing account strains its origins in Africa to its complete improvement within the West Indies island of Haiti. It additionally provides methods readers can use Vodou to counterpoint their very own lives by way of love, good fortune, and prosperity. The publication of Vodou covers all-important points of its exciting topic, and brings many Vodou spirits totally alive with shiny, usually funny descriptions. Readers the way to construct their very own magic altar and invoke Vodou spirits, how you can make charms and amulets, and the way to paintings spells and browse symptoms of divination. greater than one hundred twenty full-color illustrations.
By Lawrence Watt-Evans
A unmarried SPELL
Tobas have been fortunate to discover a wizard to take him on as apprentice. yet then the wizard died all of sudden and all of sudden after instructing Tobas just a solitary spell, and the formative years was once too outdated to discover a brand new grasp. How may perhaps he make money whilst the entire magic he may possibly do used to be mild fires?
A future UNFOLDING
In the Small Kingdoms there have been dragons to be slain, princesses and gold to be received, magic castles, witches who knew the key of immortality, and different treasures. yet how may well a wizard with a unmarried, basic spell wish to discover them and win them?
By Jim Butcher
In Furies of Calderon, number 1 New York Times bestselling writer Jim Butcher brought readers to a global the place the forces of nature take actual shape. yet now, it truly is human nature that threatens to throw the area into chaos…
For centuries, the folks of Alera have harnessed the furies—elementals of earth, air, fireplace, water, wooden, and metal—to safeguard their land from aggressors. yet no fury can keep them from the hazards they face inside. A mysterious assault from around the sea has weakened the 1st Lord. should still he fall, a bloody civil struggle is inevitable. The accountability of warding off assassination makes an attempt and treachery in the First Lord’s circle of spies falls on Tavi, the single guy without fury to name…
By J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter thinks he's a typical boy. He lives along with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cabinet lower than the steps. Then Harry starts off receiving mysterious letters and his existence is modified for ever. he's whisked away through a beetle-eyed monstrous of a guy and enrolled in Hogwarts institution of Witchcraft and Wizardry. the explanation: Harry Potter is a wizard!
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By J.K. Rowling
And but . . . as with any wars, existence is going on. Sixth-year scholars discover ways to Apparate. kids flirt and struggle and fall in love. Harry gets a few impressive assist in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's assistance, he seeks out the entire, advanced tale of the boy who grew to become Lord Voldemort -- and hence unearths what might be his basically vulnerability.