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Witchcraft In Early Modern Scotland: James VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches (Exeter Studies in History) Paperback – 1 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085989388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859893886
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland will be immensely useful for scholars of witchcraft, demonology, early modern women, as well as those who study Scottish political, religious, legal, and social history. The contextual information in Part One is clearly presented and accessible for scholars with only a cursory knowledge of early modern Scotland; and detailed annotations of the documents make them readily comprehensible for readers unfamiliar with Scots dialect. The book is a case-study that becomes cultural history ... Such rich and carefully read evidence of intimate interactions between members of elite and popular cultures makes an important contribution to our understanding of sixteenth-century social history. Albion, Vol.34, Issue 2, Summer 2002 This volume provides readers, especially students, with what is too often lacking in early modern history: a self-contained case study based on primary sources ... However, the authors have done more than provide the raw material of these trials as a case study. They preface each document with a useful introduction while avoiding the temptation to lead the reader in the interpretation of them. The documents also have footnotes relating to vocabulary and endnotes on textual matters arising from the originals. Both are extremely helpful ... While one might be tempted to conclude that the publication of a complete set of witch trials is accomplishment enough, this volume expands upon this by including a detailed set of introductory chapters. These set out, clearly and concisely, the context in which the trials were prosecuted ... This volume is to be commended for providing those interested not only in witchcraft but also witch-hunting with a single, self-contained case study rich in detail. Students, in particular, will find much food for thought in these original documents. Scottish Economic and Social History, Vol. 21, Part 1 2001 This book is, altogether, a remarkable achievement, combining the best standards of traditional textual scholarship with an imaginative approach to the subject. For as well as the texts gathered together and so splendidly edited, there is a lengthy introduction which places these texts, and the events which underlay them, in context ... This is a book which will be welcomed, and much used, by the specialist in witchcraft history, which will also be invaluable to teachers and students both of early modern witchcraft and of early modern Scottish history more generally, and which will also be read with profit by those with a more general interest in such matters. Archives 200204 A significant contribution to the history of witchcraft, the history of Scotland, the history of feminism and the history of ideas in general. (Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, Vol. 63 200110 This splendid edition of the documents represents substantial research and will be a welcome addition to the library of all interested in this topic. Renaissance Quarterly, Spring 2002 Every so often a very worthwhile book comes along. Such a book provides the reader with an opportunity to examine modern transcriptions of primary sources, accompanied by intelligent commentary, and a well-written scholarly overview of the topics in question. This is such a book. It is a pleasure to read [...] This edition of Demonology and other attendant documents should be welcomed by students an scholars who are studying the history of witchcraft in the British Isles. -- Jane P. Davidson Sixteenth Century Journal XXXIII/3 2002 One is reminded of Arturo Perez Riverte's novel The Dumas Club (London: Harvill Press, 1996), in which an unscrupulous bibliophile attempts to collate, from minute variants in the illustrations (the vital ones drafted by Lucifer himself) in the only three surviving copies of a legendary demonological treatise, an incantation to raise the Devil himself. Normand and Roberts' project is a modest one compared to this, but undoubtedly a significant contribution to our understanding of Scottish and European witch belief. -- Jonathan Murray Scottish Studies Review, vol. 4, no. 1 It is excellent on the edited texts and will prove a very welcome addition for both academics and students to what has been, to date, a rather meagre selection of books on witchcraft in Scotland. -- Joyce Miller Edinburgh Review III 2003

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Lawrence Normand is principal lecturer in English at Middlesex University.|Until his death in 1999, Gareth Roberts was senior lecturer in the School of English, University of Exeter, where he was Course Director of the MA in The History and Literature of Witchcraft.

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I was very satisfied with this book I found it very descriptive and useful for a short history I am trying to write of my village - just for my family and I found it very helpful. Appreciated the prompt delivery, and the very good condition of the book too.
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By Selina Cauchois on 4 April 2010
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This s an excellent volume, including description and analyses of witchcraft trials in Scotland, as well as a comprehensive range of primary sources. Very highly recommended.
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I used this book throughout both my Witchcraft lectures, but also in my thesis. A great book, would definatly recommend.
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"She confesses that the Devil appears like a foal or stag, ..." 27 July 2010
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Not much I can say that the product description doesn't. I just wanted to add my 5 stars to this excellent and superior effort. Be warned, this does not read as a popular history, but is rather a thoroughly academic investigation of the source materials in regard to the North Berwick Witch Trials whereby King James VI defended the royal houses of Denmark and Scotland from attack by conspiring witches. Fascinating stuff, but not recommended for those without prior foundation in the history of Scottish witchcraft persecutions. To that end, Enemies of God: The Witch-Hunt in Scotland is an equally excellent introduction. Enjoy!
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Had to write a paper for school 7 Jan. 2008
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This book was bought so I could write a term paper for school.
it's well written, good to read and has a lot of history in it. If you are a history buff this book would be a good one for your collection.
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