From Satan and the Scots to the real Game of Thrones and Medieval Sex Lives, here are six highlights of this year's Previously... Scotland's History Festival - all in Edinburgh and not to be missed

PREVIOUSLY... Scotland's History Festival returns to the Capital this week and to its new home in The French Institute, West Parliament Square.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 4:51 pm
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

The Festival, which features more than 25 events over four days, runs from 21-24 November.

Here are seven highlight's from this year's Festival that should not be missed. Book your tickets now at

Satan and the Scots, Thursday 21 November, 6.30pm-7.30pm

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The Scots had a peculiarly deep and meaningful relationship with his Dark Satanic Majesty and Dr Michelle Brock is the woman to tell us just how we and the Devil got along... and still do.

Drawing on evidence from Witchcraft trials and blasphemy cases, Brock takes us into the mind of the 16th and 17th century Scot and the way they saw the supernatural world.

Brock is a contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s new podcast Witch Hunt, an in-depth look at the Scottish witch trials of the 16th and 17th century, co-hosted by Festival organiser Susan Morrison.

The Scottish History Behind Game of Thrones, Thursday 21 November, 7.45pm-8.45pm

David C Weinczok is Castlehunter, a wonderful lovable Canadian-adopted-Scot geek with a love of castles, history and Game of Thrones.

In this presentation he will look at the real Scottish history in the hit TV programme Game of Thrones. It's odds on Edinburgh will make an appearance.

It was Twenty Years Ago Today … from 1999 to the Present, Friday 22 November, 6pm-7pm

Scorching hot history. Gerry Hassan and Richard Findlay try to figure out how we got to where we are today, politically - a very tall order.

Organiser Susan Morrison says, "It’s worth remembering that when we asked Gerry to speak the prime minister was a woman, Boris was bumbling elsewhere and we were leaving the EU on Hallowe’en. So, we’re asking Gerry and Richard to look at the last 20 years to see if we can find out how we got here. Wherever here is."

Medieval Sex Lives, Saturday 23 November, 6pm-7pm

Dr Gillian Jack explores the medieval Church and its rules about sex: who could have it, with whom, when, and how. Celibate churchmen wrote at length about it. But was anyone paying attention? Discover the realities of medieval sex lives: adultery, prostitution, sodomy, and all manner of behaviour not approved by the priest.

To Make and Save Money: Sugar and Slavery in 18th century Jamaica, Saturday 23 November, 3.30pm-4.30pm

Alastair Learmont examines the motives and fortunes of two Selkirk-born doctors, William and James Chisholme, who acquired sugar estates in Jamaica in the late 18th century before becoming leading figures in the pro-slavery metropolitan Society of West Indian Planters and Merchants at the time of abolition.

On a Mission: The Adventures of Mary Slessor, Saturday 23 November, 8pm-9.30pm

Scottish missionary Mary Slessor’s life was one of “grit, faith and courage against all the odds”.

In the heart of the Nigerian jungle in the 1880s she became a powerful advocate for education and women’s rights. Join us for a special theatrical reading of excerpts from a new screenplay on her adventures by Karyn Watt, introduced by the leading historian Professor Sir Tom Devine.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Money, Sunday 24 November, 2pm-3pm

The Darien disaster of 1700 drove Scotland into union with England. The crash of 2008 wrecked the city¹s two largest and oldest banks and its reputation.

In between, Edinburgh rose to become a global beacon for the financial world. But this is not just the story of our financial institutions, but of the personalities too; hard-drinking Presbyterian ministers, Sir Walter Scott, and Fred Goodwin, the man who broke the biggest bank in the world.

Speaker: Ray Perman