Essay on The National Covenant

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It is apparent that the church was influential over Scottish citizens and their legitimacy originated and gained power through the National Covenant. This particular document was a unity between the monarch as well as the citizens and, most importantly, God in an attempt to uphold what was seen as right. The document cites many acts of parliament in an attempt to legitimize the ideas being presented and make them appear to be valid. Therefore, the National Covenant was imperative in aiding the church in leading the public believe that is was their duty to uphold God’s will even if this meant the prosecution and execution of innocent individuals. Likewise, the church’s status and power influenced individual communities to persecute witches. As stated by Levack, between 1641 and 1650 Scottish communities made over 500 arrests and conducted the preliminary investigations of these supposed witches. Furthermore, a large portion of these arrests resulted in executions, all in the name of God and a Godly society. As such, this inevitably led to the witch-hunt being significantly more severe in Scotland than other countries as well as the prolonged era of the witch craze. Thirdly, due to the centralized government in place in Scotland along with the lack of separation between the church and state, the church had incredible power in moulding societal opinions. Goodare states that it is the local government that were the most powerful. This is undoubtedly true, but we must consider…

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