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Michael B. Riordan

courtiers. At the court, prophecy could be controlled. But away from it, prophecy could cause diplomatic problems. English Catholics used Erceldoune’s prophecies to suggest that James V would march on London and reverse Henry VIII’s reforms. Rumours of Scottish conquest circulated in the early 1530s, when Elizabeth Amadas prophesied that Henry was cursed and that James would soon conquer England. 38 In 1537, the Scottish Erceldoune prophecies circulated in Yorkshire. 39 In 1538, Henry’s government heard that Scots were peddling prophecies at Chester-le-Street, county

in The supernatural in early modern Scotland