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, historical past documents that a few girls have been done as witches. however, the truth of what occurred the evening that Janet Cornfoot was once lynched at Pittenweem is tough to understand as one sits through the harbour observing the fishing boats dump their capture and the excitement boats emerging with the tide. How may possibly humans do that to an outdated lady? Why used to be no-one ever delivered to justice? And why might an individual guard one of these 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. a few of the anecdotes are unusual. the fashionable reader unearths it difficult to visualize disorder being blamed at the malevolence of a beggar girl 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 sophisticated procedure, regarding spiritual and civil specialists, village tensions and the fears of the elite. The witch-hunt in Scotland additionally happened at a time whilst one of many major agendas used to be the production of a righteous or godly society. for this reason, spiritual experts had keep an eye on over facets of people's lives which appear as unusual to us this present day as ideals approximately magic or witchcraft. It was once no longer unintended that the witch-hunt in Scotland, and particularly in Fife, must have occurred at the present. This e-book tells the tale of what happened over a interval of a century and a part, and gives a few clarification as to why it happened.

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