Magic and Witchcraft in Scotland

August 7, 2015 - Comment

A fascinating examination into the belief and practice of magic by ordinary people in Scotland in the medieval and early modern period. The book explains not only what was done but, crucially, also why, with sections on healing rituals, use of wells, stones and talismans, and festivals. Harmful magic is then described, how this overlapped

A fascinating examination into the belief and practice of magic by ordinary people in Scotland in the medieval and early modern period. The book explains not only what was done but, crucially, also why, with sections on healing rituals, use of wells, stones and talismans, and festivals. Harmful magic is then described, how this overlapped with folk belief, the diabolic pact and elite thought, and the horrors of witchcraft prosecutions in the 16th and 17th centuries. Also included is a section on sacred sites, museums, and other places of interest which can be visited, and there are many illustrations, a map, and a full index.

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Sile says:

Light Introduction into history and practice in Scotland If you are a beginner starting to research the history, and practice of witchcraft in the Scottish region, then this book is a good start. It is not an overly academic tome; it reads easily and can be digested in one sitting.The bibliography gives you material with which to widen your knowledge and there are maps and information aplenty on the various sites mentioned in the chapters, so you can take the book on tour with you.Although the book is divided into sections,…

Carlo B. says:

This is a super book. It is interesting to anyone interested in … This is a super book. It is interesting to anyone interested in Scotland, esp. the Highlands. It is VERY well researched,. I am doubtful that any other book online or in any library collection would ever contain this amount of consolidated information. I lived in Scotland for 3 years to finish my education, and, while there worked for NHS. There was a lot covered in this book that my fellow employees spoke to me about when talking about Scotland when we were at work. The author has…

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