What were more frightening - bootikins and pilliwinks or witches on broomsticks? Well, the first two were gross pieces of torture equipment and the latter didn't exist. The bootikins and pilliwinks, though, were used to force confessions out of the poor wretches accused of being in league with the Devil during the Great Scottish Witch Hunt that reached its zenith 350 years ago.
It's curious the way the most hideous devices were sometimes given the most innocent of names, and the…Continue
Posted on October 1, 2012 at 14:19 — 1 Comment