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Ashes and Stones

A Journey Through Scotland in Search of Women Hunted as Witches

"It's summer. I stand where perhaps Ellen stood, in this ground thick with new thistle and long grass. She would have kenned this coast in all weathers: in the summer when it was as gentle as a lake and in the winter, with the high winds and stinging salt spray." Allyson Shaw untangles the myth of witchcraft and gives voice to those erased by it in this moving and personal journey, along rugged coasts and through remote villages and cities, in search of the traces of those accused of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Scotland.

In Ashes and Stones we visit modern memorials and standing stones, and roam among forests and hedge mazes, folklore and political fantasies. From fairy hills to forgotten caves, we explore a spellbound landscape. Shaw's elegant and lucid prose weaves together threads of history and feminist reclamation to create a vibrant memorial. This is the untold story of the witches' monuments of Scotland and the women's lives they mark, a trove of folklore linking the lives of contemporary women to the horrors of the past, a record of resilience, and a call to choose and remember our ancestors.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Allyson Shaw
ISBN 163936529X
Publication Date Oct 3, 2023
Publisher Pegasus Books
Language English