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- DescriptionSir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is best kwn for his poetry and for historical vels such as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy, but he also had a lifelong fascination with witchcraft and the occult. Following a spell of ill-health, Scott was encouraged by his son-in-law, publisher J. G. Lockhart, to put together a volume examining the causes of pararmal phemena. This collection of letters, first published in 1830, is table for both its scope (examining social, cultural, medical and psychological factors in peoples' pararmal experiences) and its clear, rational standpoint. Scott explores the influence of Christianity on evolving views of what is classified as 'witchcraft' or 'evil', and he explains the many (often incuous) meanings of the word 'witch'. Written with palpable enthusiasm and from a strikingly modern perspective, this volume explores a range of topics including fairies, elves and fortune-telling as well as inquisitions and witch trials.
- Author(s)Sir Walter Scott
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication27/01/2011
- SubjectAlternative Belief Systems
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note1 b/w illus.
- Weight530 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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