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Scottish Witches and Witch-Hunters

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9781137355935
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2013

Abstract

This book brings together twelve studies that collectively provide an overview of the main issues of live interest in Scottish witchcraft. Scottish Witches and Witch-Hunters considers how people came to be considered 'witches', with new insights into the familiar topic of neighbourhood quarrels and misfortune. It also delves more deeply into folk belief and practice than ever before, with nightmarish studies of nocturnal attacks and flying. The book is also about 'witch-hunters' in various senses. One chapter explores the 'urban geography' of witch-hunting; another traces Scotland's international connections. A chapter on a witch-hunter of 1591, and the countess who was his intended victim, reveals a new dimension to the much-studied North Berwick witchcraft panic. A reconstruction of how witches were ceremonially strangled and burned is a gruesome but compelling reminder of the importance of the subject.

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