An Abundance of Witches

An Abundance of Witches : The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt

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The first history of the most intense period of witch-hunting in Scotland between 1658-62. Scotland, in common with the rest of Europe, was troubled from time to time by outbreaks of witchcraft which the authorities sought to contain and then to suppress, and the outbreak of 1658-1662 is generally agreed to represent the high water mark of Scottish persecution. These were peculiar years for Scotland. For nine years Scotland was effectively an English province with largely English officials in charge. In 1660 this suddenly changed. So the threat to Church and state from a plague of witches was particularly disturbing. The tension between imported official English attitudes to witchcraft and the revived fervour of Calvinist religion combined to produce a peculiar atmosphere in which the activities of witches drew hostile attention to an unprecedented degree.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752433296
  • 9780752433295
  • 2,247,231

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Witchcraft: A History - 'Combines scholarly rigour with literary flair' Independent On Sunday; Witch Hunters: Professional Prickers, Unwitchers & Witch-Finders of the Renaissance - 'The lurid tales of orgies and other debauchery told by these individuals still make for shocking reading today' The Daily Mai
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About P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

P. G. Maxwell-Stuart is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of St. Andrews. He is an acknowledged expert on the occult and his other books include Satan's Conspiracy: Magic & Witchcraft in Sixteenth Century Scotland; Witchcraft: A History; Witch Hunters: Professional Prickers, Unwitchers & Witch-Finders of the Renaissance and Wizards: A History. He lives in St. Andrews.
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