Freedom and Faith 1517-2017

  • FreedomAndFaith

In the 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 controversial arguments to the church door.

Protestantism has had a huge influence on Scotland. This series of Talks and Tours looks at some of the turning points and conflicts, and then checks our contemporary pulse. Led by storyteller and author, Donald Smith, with Theatre Designer and Museum Interpreter, Sandy Andrew Carr, whose theatre models are on display in John Knox House.

Mon 20 Nov
REFORMATION DRAMAS | John Knox House Tour | 1pm (35mins)
From Robin Hood to Mystery Plays and The Satire of the Three Estates

ALL MARY’S MEN | Talk | 2pm (50mins)
To lose one husband might be careless or unfortunate but to lose three and almost net a fourth seems extravagant. Who were Mary’s men, and what went wrong?

Tue 21 Nov
KINGS, DEMONS AND WITCHES | John Knox House Tour | 1pm (35mins)
Why did witchcraft in Scotland become a focus for fear and persecution?

WARS OF RELIGION | Talk | 2pm (50mins)
Despite his personal motto, ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’, James VI and I set the scene for a century of bloody conflict. Why was seventeenth century Scotland so tragically divided and what is the legacy?

Wed 22 Nov
UNIONISTS AND JACOBITES | Edinburgh’s Netherbow Tour | 1pm (35mins)
Explore the Old Town haunts of heroes, spies, sangsters and rebels.

Why did the 1707 Union of Parliaments not settle Scotland’s conflicts? What drove the Jacobite Risings?

Fri 24 Nov
JOHN KNOX: A LONG GOODBYE? | Talk | 2pm (50mins)
Each succeeding century has had a different take on Knox- from historical player, to hero to scapegoat. Where are we now in the 21st century- on Protestantism, religion and politics?

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