Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft Addressed to J. G. Lockhart

by Sir Walter Scott

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Series

Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft Addressed to J. G. Lockhart Synopsis

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is best known for his poetry and for historical novels 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 paranormal phenomena. This collection of letters, first published in 1830, is notable for both its scope (examining social, cultural, medical and psychological factors in peoples' paranormal 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 innocuous) 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.

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ISBN: 9781108025874
Publication date: 27th January 2011
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 422 pages
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