➶ Letters on demonology and witchcraft Free ➬ Author Walter Scott – Varanus.us

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➶ Letters on demonology and witchcraft Free ➬ Author Walter Scott – Varanus.us
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Letters on demonology and witchcraft
  • Walter Scott
  • 24 August 2017
  • 9780854095377

    10 thoughts on “➶ Letters on demonology and witchcraft Free ➬ Author Walter Scott – Varanus.us


  1. says:

    Written in 1830 A popular history of belief in witches and spirits accessible to human control, especially in England and Scotland Not written to argue a point Scott considered witchcraft and demonology to be ridiculous superstitions and takes it for granted that readers will agree The basic narrative is that belief in witches and spirits was originally near universal and a pretty understandable mistake among non Judeo Christian people but is in no way justified by the Christian Bible and survived the Christianization of Europe, but until the end of the Middle Ages supposed witches were only persecuted when they supposedly actually harmed someone with their magic Then the conflict between Catholics and Protestants motivated both to intensify their witch hunting, bringing on the outbreak of mass panics I imagine Scott belonged to the Church of England, si...


  2. says:

    Sir Walter Scott is famous for his novels and this is evident through his engaging language His carefully constructed sentences are clear, colorful and meaningful This book is a skeptical rationalist take on the witch trials in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries along with some legends and anecdotes of paranormal apparitions Scott sympathizes with the unfortunate victims who were burned as witches and he takes the time to explain why superstitions about witches arose, why these superstitions are incorrect, and just how illogical the accusations and interrogations were He makes it clear that he is a Christian and believes that humans have souls he just doesn t believe that God is overly generous with miracles involving resurrections, which means he doesn t believe in ghosts A downsi...


  3. says:

    Interesting and informativeWalter Scott wrote a series of letters in the later years of his life on the possibility of ghosts, demons, fairies and witches He did some thorough research and cited his sources This was written in the early 1800s which makes it a valuable contemporary account.Some highlights include individual case accounts of witchcraft trials including the Salem witch trials, talk of ghost sightings being related to alcohol abuse and abuse of nitrous oxide as a drug, and fascinating talk on why the Catholic Church at one time tolerated witches.This is a very easy to read well...


  4. says:

    This was a slog Dense and full of anecdotes, I would recommend this as an audiobook I imagined it as my drunk important relative relating his wisdom for a week s vacation There are great pearls of wisdom, especially from a 19th century perspective and his empa...


  5. says:

    Perhaps worth but I read this book in audio format, and found the reader lacking.


  6. says:

    Oh boy, another book with no pic I really read some obscure stuff.Anywho, this classic of the field is a buried treasure Scott shares his knowledge of this subject with many stories well known and personal I liked his skepticism, not only for obviously witchcraft , but for the supernatural in general This book is therefore still pertinent for this day, with all the supernatural beliefs that people still treasure Of course, Scott ...


  7. says:

    An interesting look at the European Witch Trials and persecution of the accused Most sadly was quite dry and flowed on the perspective of recounting legend and lore Some of Scotts recollections lacked detailed facts and felt like a campfire time of story telling I appreciated much of Scotts skepticism especially with what we know now, however focusing on stories of fairies was a little out there even for the time period The organization of the book left a lot t...


  8. says:

    Walter Scott s letters on the topics of Demonology and Witchcraft didn t really draw me in I read this book looking for picturesque details that I could use in SF F short stories And to be fair, I found a fewWhy is the food in Faerie saltless Because salt, a preservative, symbolizes the immortality that is denied to ...


  9. says:

    Many of the recalled stories are brilliant but I did a lot of skimming through Scott s rationalizations A fair amount is Scott having a masturbatory skepticism carnival to anecdotes about seeing ghosts in configurations of curtains and feeling specters after touching yourself with a hand that s fallen asleep, but then the better stories don t have th...


  10. says:

    Scott brings a keen literary eye and sophisticated understanding of the rise of rationalism to this boffo folk history of European practices of and attitudes toward the occult Fun stuff, and way ahead of its time.

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