Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft

August 3, 2016 - Comment

Although written mostly as a fictional work, this piece of literature uses many real world examples of the occult to make its fictional points. Written in a series of ten letters, the book gives a very personal perspective on one person’s view of the occult. Although Walter Scott was failing in health while writing this

Although written mostly as a fictional work, this piece of literature uses many real world examples of the occult to make its fictional points. Written in a series of ten letters, the book gives a very personal perspective on one person’s view of the occult. Although Walter Scott was failing in health while writing this work, a unique charm is given to the text in the midst of his illness near the end of his life.

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J. Mccormick says:

An excellent book for Scully OR Tabitha This is a reprint of a book published in the 1830’s by Sir Walter Scott as a favor to his son-in-law. Scott researches folklore, superstition, and witchcraft (through folklore, trial records, and previous scholars) in depth to give the reader a comprehensive body of knowledge. The modern reader will find more here than she ever knew. Countless court cases from all of Europe and especially Scotland (where the author resided) and England are presented. Scott writes from the point of view that he…

M. DeKalb says:

Mostly Relating to Witch-Hunting. Published two years before Scott’s death in 1832, this work is practically a meta-analysis of stories of witch-trials and persecutions mostly based in Europe with a few stories detailing the supporting or contrasting events as seen in Scandinavian countries and the Americas. Scott takes the position that the human mind is a fragile thing, imagination creates all kinds of scary things and if those culpable of their crimes were to behave rationally this wouldn’t have, and shouldn’t have happened…

S. Strider says:

A masterful work from 1900

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