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Scottish Witchcraft
Scottish Witchcraft: History and Magick...

Scottish Witches and Wizards
Scottish Witches and Wizards

Witch Wood
Witch Wood (World's Classics)

Bessie Dunlop, Witch
of Dalry

Scottish Witches

Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft...

An Abundance of Witches: The Great... Scottish Witch-hunt

Sea Witch (Folk Tales from Scotland S.)

Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in... Southwest Scotland


Scottish Witchcraft

Fife WitchesThe Witches of Fife: Witch-hunting in a... Scottish Shire, 1560-1710. Along the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical markers and pamphlets now include the fact that some women were executed as witches within these burghs. Still the reality of what happened the night that Janet Cornfoot was lynched in the harbour is hard to grasp as one sits in the harbour of Pittenweem watching the fishing boats unload their catch and the pleasure boats rising with the tide. How could people do this to an old woman? Why was no-one ever brought to justice? And why would anyone defend such a lynching? The task of the historian is to try to make events in the past come alive and seem less strange. This is particularly true in the case of the historian dealing with the witch-hunt. The details are fascinating. Some of the anecdotes are strange. The modern reader finds it hard to imagine illness being blamed on the malevolence of a beggar woman denied charity. It is difficult to understand the economic failure of a sea voyage being attributed to the village hag, not bad weather. Witch-hunting was related to ideas, values, attitudes and political events. It was a complicated process, involving religious and civil authorities, village tensions and the fears of the elite. The witch-hunt in Scotland also took place at a time when one of the main agendas was the creation of a righteous or godly society. As a result, religious authorities had control over aspects of the lives of the people which seem every bit as strange to us today as might any beliefs about magic or witchcraft. That the witch-hunt in Scotland, and specifically in Fife, should have happened at this time was not accidental. This book tells the story of what occurred over a period of a century and a half, and offers some explanation as to why it occurred.

The Scottish Witch HuntThe Scottish Witch-hunt in Context... This collection of essays on Scottish witchcraft and witch-hunting, covers the whole period of the Scottish witch-hunt, from the mid-16th century to the early 18th. It includes studies of particular witchcraft panics such as a reassessment of the role of King James VI, and Covers a wide range of topics concerned with Scottish witch-hunting and places it in the context of other topics such as gender relations, folklore, magic and healing, and moral regulation by the church and state. The work Provides a comparative dimension of witch-hunting beyond Scotland - one on the global context, and one comparing Scotland with England.

Witch Hunt in ScotlandEnemies of God: Witch Hunt in Scotland For many years the European witch craze of the 16th and 17th centuries was considered a subject of almost "bad taste" to study. Then came World War II and a genocide which was the greatest convulsion of evil the world had ever seen. Scholars realized that the witch cult was still with us. This is the story of how a rapidly growing and civilized European nation could turn on itself in a frenzy of violence, and marginalize and kill its own people in a hysteria which became both self-perpetuating and self-justifying; of how otherwise sober and intelligent people could defend this killing, and of how a state could use mass murder as an instrument of state policy.

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