Satan's Conspiracy: Magic and Witchcraft in Sixteenth-Century Scotland
Synthesizing the evidence for magic and witchcraft in 16th-century Scotland, this book profiles unpublished manuscripts, 19th- and early-20th-century transcriptions, and passing remarks in the histories of shires and boroughs. Preliminary suggestions are made about how these sources can be interpreted, so that nature scholars of Scottish witchcraft in particular will be ab...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Tuckwell Press, Ltd.
(first published April 1st 2000)
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It was an overall decent book, but if you're not accustomed to reading 16th century Scottish dialect (i.e. "Sche was ressavit in the said John adeis houss quhair scho remainit all nycht and spake with the said Christane gib beand thane lyand seik" you're going to have a tough time. But, it's informative, and there are far more primary sources than I ever thought there could be for historical Scotland. However, this book may come as a surprise to those of us who have been reading the history of w...more
P. G. Maxwell-Stuart is a Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of History in the University of St. Andrews.More about P.G. Maxwell-Stuart...