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Book Review: 1 
10th-Jan-2008 09:31 pm
I read two books today.

Well, I didn't finish the Wellhausen. That's okay. I own that one.

The other, from the list I posted the other day, is due back to the library tomorrow, since it is on the heavy demand list.

Christina Larner - Enemies of God: The Witchhunt in Scotland

Nothing really new here. This book purports itself to be something of a sourcebook in Scottish medieval with hunting. I'm not convinced. There is precious little of primary text quotes, which is what I'd expect in a sourcebook.

The conclusion that can be drawn, as with most books on witchhunts/trials is that the hunts/trials were more about fear of the unknown and the establishments concern with keeping social order than anything else.

Not worth recommending.
11th-Jan-2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Haven't read Larner's book but I remember reading a paper she wrote about (I think, my recall might be hazy 30 years on!) witchcraft in the time of James VI and Ist, and I know her work was held in high regard by my professors at St Andrews in the late 70s. It's a great shame she died so young.
11th-Jan-2008 01:37 am (UTC)

I feel bad panning the book now, but it really did seem to be a lot of 'saying something about someone else saying something' rather than a sourcebook.

Now that I think about it, it sounds like something put together hurriedly. Maybe it was posthumous...
11th-Jan-2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Out of interest, have you read The Fanatic by James Robertson?
11th-Jan-2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Nope. Should I add it to the list?
13th-Jan-2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
hmh, somehow books about the witchhunts and similar tend to be always the same...
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