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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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Social Contexts and Cultural Formations

Social Contexts and Cultural Formations

(p.53) Chapter 2 Social Contexts and Cultural Formations
Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

Lawrence Normand

Gareth Roberts

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores some features of late sixteenth-century Scottish history and society that contributed to the making of the 1590s witch hunt, and shaped its particular meaning. These include peasant insecurity; the growth of Edinburgh; the uneasy coexistence of Catholics and Protestants; the Seton family's influence; the North Berwick nunnery; women's lives; the disciplinary powers of reformers; the reform of popular culture; and the political organization of witches.

Keywords:   Scotland, Scottish history, sixteenth century, witch hunt, witches, peasants, Catholics, Protestants, North Berwick

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