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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best works written on Scottish social history., 14 Nov. 2005
G. Slessor (Maidstone, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Enemies of God: Witch Hunt in Scotland (Paperback)
Having had this book recommended to me during my degree studies I initially borrowed this from my library. However having taken the time to read the book I was sufficiently impressed to go on and purchase a copy.
Simply put this is an excellent work examining one of the most signficant and tragic periods in Scottish history between 1563 and 1736 during which time witchcraft was a crime punishable by death.
Looking not just at a chronology of events, but putting genuine consideration into the factors which could enable a people to permit and indeed advocate the wholesale murder of innocents whether through genuine belief in the supernatural or as a means of control over the lower classes of society. In this respect the book provides a fascinating insight into a phenomena rarely written about outside the boundaries of the Holocaust and the German people during the Second World War.
Thoroughly recommended either as a starting point for students of history or as a fascinating insight into a little discussed field for amateur historians and casual readers alike.
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Enemies of God: Witch Hunt in Scotland by Christina Larner (Paperback - 1 Jun. 2000)
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