The Witches of Fife: Witch-Hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1560-1710

The Witches of Fife: Witch-Hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1560-1710

The Witches of Fife: Witch-Hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1560-1710


alongside the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, background files that a few girls have been accomplished as witches. however, the truth of what occurred the evening that Janet Cornfoot was once lynched at Pittenweem is tough to know as one sits by means of the harbour observing the fishing boats sell off their capture and the excitement boats emerging with the tide. How may humans do that to an outdated girl? Why was once no-one ever delivered to justice? And why might an individual shield this kind of lynching? the duty of the historian is to attempt to make occasions some time past come alive and appear much less unusual. the main points of the witch-hunt are attention-grabbing. the various anecdotes are unusual. the fashionable reader unearths it tough to visualize sickness being blamed at the malevolence of a beggar lady denied charity, or the commercial failure of a sea voyage being attributed to the village hag, now not undesirable climate. Witch-hunting used to be regarding principles, values, attitudes and political occasions. It was once a classy procedure, regarding spiritual and civil experts, village tensions and the fears of the elite. The witch-hunt in Scotland additionally happened at a time while one of many major agendas was once the production of a righteous or godly society. for that reason, non secular specialists had keep watch over over points of people's lives which appear as unusual to us this present day as ideals approximately magic or witchcraft. It used to be now not unintended that the witch-hunt in Scotland, and particularly in Fife, must have occurred at present. This e-book tells the tale of what happened over a interval of a century and a part, and provides a few rationalization as to why it happened.

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