Shortlisted 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:
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.
‘Brian Levack has once again produced an eminently readable and accessible book on witch-hunting which will be a boon to all who teach the subject’ – Journal of Ecclesiastical History
1. Witch-Hunting in Scotland and England 2. Witchcraft and the Law in Early Modern Scotland 3. King James VI and Witchcraft 4. Witch-Hunting in Revolutionary Britain 5. The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt of 1661–1662 6. Absolutism, State-Building, and Witchcraft 7. Demonic Possession and Witch-Hunting in Scotland 8. The Decline and End of Scottish Witch-Hunting 9. Witch-Hunting and Witch-Murder in Early Eighteenth-Century Scotland