Re: [albanach] Re: Seeking: Scottish Superstitions
- In a message dated 6/3/01 2:39:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Mind you, if my guess based on title and date are inaccurate, more
specific details about the book would be appreciated!
Sharon L. Krossa, krossa@...
It has been twenty years of so since I have read the book. I used it as a
reference for ghost and demons as used in Hamlet. IT talks about how ghosts
were perceived. What Satin could or could not do. As I remember it, it also
talked about common beliefs Vs what the current church believed and what
intellectuals of the time believed.
One also may want to check out the Catholic Encyclopedia. There were some
definite official belief changes after 1000 AD.
Wish that I could find that old paper I wrote. Had a good list of books.
- On 2 Jun 01, at 23:35, Sharon L. Krossa wrote:
>Scot's opus does indeed include some of the same information
> I would guess from the title and original date that it would be
> concerned about detecting and catching "witches" (by which it would
> mean evil in league with the devil types). It is well to remember
> that books written during the early modern witch craze about witches
> are pretty much like books written about the extraterrestrial aliens
> that have visited earth written in the late 20th century. In other
> words, although very revealing about those who write them and those
> like them and (one way or another) the culture of the times, they
> need to be approached with context in mind.
as the _Malleus Maleficarum_ (1484) and the later work (1597) by
King James VI of Scotland entitled _Daemonologie_ on the habits,
customs and methods of detecting and punishing witches. He does
not, however, give credence to the arguments they present and on a
point by point basis sets them aside as without reason either through
the application of the scriptures or the exercise of philosophy. (N.B.
the _Daemonologie_ was written after Scot's work (1584) but was in
accord with the same precepts as the MM. Indeed there is a theory
that it was written contra Scot's assertions.)
And in that denial lay the principal peril of his thoughts.
Witchcraft was matter of law in that time, both secular and
ecclesiastical, and to deny it was a dangerous act of contempt
that could bring the maker into the court himself. Indeed James,
when he became James I of England, condemned the book and
ordered those copies that could be found burned
What further makes Scot's work an anomaly of its time is the
fact that it contained a grimoire section that provided the formulae
of conjuration and dismissal for spirits, congress with the dead as
well as the other trappings of western ceremonial magic. Granted he
does annotate the text with sometimes scathing commentary;
however, when compared with similar works, the rite and rote are
>"Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped,
but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment."
- In a message dated 6/2/01 10:13:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
In general, 19th and early 20th century books on Scotland can be
invaluable if they are published primary records (e.g., collections
of direct quotes from medieval records) but if they are secondary
works they are more often untrustworthy than reliable
I *think* I may have a book at work that reprints a 17th century account of
witchcraft in Scotland (or supposed witchcraft). Not SCA period, but close.
I'll check tomorrow when I am at work and let you know.
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- eoganog@... wrote: I *think* I may have a book at work that reprints a 17th century account of witchcraft in Scotland (or supposed witchcraft). Not SCA period, but close. I'll check tomorrow when I am at work and let you know.
~Eogan, a book on Scottish Witchcraft isn't really what I'm looking for. I want my character, a Scottish knight to be superstitious. I'm trying to find out what type of things he might be superstitious about or do to ward off evil. That type of thing. Any suggestions for that? Thank you in advance.
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