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Witchcraft in Early Modern ScotlandJames' VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches$
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Lawrence Normand and Gareth Roberts

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780859896801

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859896801.001.0001

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History, Witchcraft, Texts

History, Witchcraft, Texts

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction History, Witchcraft, Texts
Source:
Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland
Author(s):

Lawrence Normand

Gareth Roberts

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859896801.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's focus, namely the examinations, trials, and executions of witches in Edinburgh between late November 1590 and December 1591. The book is primarily concerned with four cases, those of Agnes Sampson, John Fian, Barbara Napier, and Euphame MacCalzean. The book presents, contextualizes, and interprets the texts emerging from the interconnected series of witchcraft accusation and trials. The chapter also discusses the significance of writing and narrative in witchcraft studies.

Keywords:   witch hunts, trials, executions, Agnes Sampson, John Fian, Barbara Napier, Euphame MacCalzean, witchcraft studies

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