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Getting shot of elves: healing, witchcraft and fairies in the Scottish witchcraft trials

By Alaric Hall

Abstract

This paper re-examines the evidence of the Scottish witchcraft trials for beliefs associated by scholars with “elf-shot.” Some supposed evidence for elf-shot is dismissed, but other material illuminates the interplay between illness, healing and fairylore in early modern Scotland, and the relationship of these beliefs to witchcraft itself

Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:5597

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