Witch-hunting in Scotland
Law, Politics and Religion
By (author) Brian P. Levack
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Witch-hunting in Scotland by Brian P. Levack
Book DescriptionShortlisted for the 2008 Katharine Briggs Award Witch-Hunting in Scotland presents a fresh perspective on the trial and execution of the hundreds of women and men prosecuted for the crime of witchcraft, an offence that involved the alleged practice of maleficent magic and the worship of the devil, for inflicting harm on their neighbours and making pacts with the devil. Brian P. Levack draws on law, politics and religion to explain the intensity of Scottish witch-hunting. Topics discussed include: * the distinctive features of the Scottish criminal justice system * the use of torture to extract confessions * the intersection of witch-hunting with local and national politics * the relationship between state-building and witch-hunting and the role of James VI * Scottish Calvinism and the determination of zealous Scottish clergy and magistrates to achieve a godly society. This original survey combines broad interpretations of the rise and fall of Scottish witchcraft prosecutions with detailed case studies of specific witch-hunts. Witch-Hunting in Scotland makes fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in witchcraft or in the political, legal and religious history of the early modern period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415399432
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian P. Levack
Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, Paperback (November 2014)
A collection of essays from leading scholars in the field that collectively study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.
Demonology, Religion, and Witchcraft, Hardback (January 2002)» View all books by Brian P. Levack
Gathering together the vast literature on witchcraft related issues published in the last decade, this six-volume set provides a cross-disciplinary and comprehensive overview of the occult and its implications.
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