The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context

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Julian Goodare
Manchester University Press, Sep 21, 2002 - History - 230 pages
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A collection of essays on Scottish witchcraft and witch-hunting, which covers the whole period of the Scottish witch-hunt, from the mid-sixteenth century to the early eighteenth. Includes studies of particular witchcraft panics such as a reassessment of the role of King James VI. 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. Provides a comparative dimension of witch-hunting beyond Scotland - one on the global context, and one comparing Scotland with England. It is a showcase for the latest thinking on the subject and will be of interest to all scholars studying witchcraft in early modern Europe, as well as the general reader wanting to move beyond shallow and sensational accounts of a subject of compelling in.
 

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Contents

The global context of the Scottish witchhunt Ronald Hutton
16
In search of the Devil in Fife witchcraft cases 15601705
33
The Scottish witchcraft panic of 1597 Julian Goodare
51
witchcraft quarrels and womens
73
folk healing aspects of witchcraft practice
90
highstatus witchcraft suspects
106
Witchhunting and the Scottish state Julian Goodare
122
the last major witchhunt
145
The decline and end of Scottish witchhunting Brian P Levack
166
some AngloScottish
182
The last of the witches? The survival of Scottish witch belief
198
Further reading
218
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Julian Goodare is Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.

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