Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740

Henderson, L. (2016) Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740. Series: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills. ISBN 9780230294387 (doi:10.1057/9781137313249)

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Abstract

Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment represents the first in-depth investigation of Scottish witchcraft and witch belief post-1662, the period of supposed decline of such beliefs, an age which has been referred to as the 'long eighteenth century', coinciding with the Scottish Enlightenment. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries were undoubtedly a period of transition and redefinition of what constituted the supernatural, at the interface between folk belief and the philosophies of the learned. For the latter the eradication of such beliefs equated with progress and civilization but for others, such as the devout, witch belief was a matter of faith, such that fear and dread of witches and their craft lasted well beyond the era of the major witch-hunts. This study seeks to illuminate the distinctiveness of the Scottish experience, to assess the impact of enlightenment thought upon witch belief, and to understand how these beliefs operated across all levels of Scottish society.

Item Type:Books
Keywords:Witchcraft; Folk Belief; Scotland; Scottish History; Enlightenment
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Henderson, Dr Lizanne
Authors: Henderson, L.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9780230294387
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