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

Hall, Alaric (2005) Getting shot of elves: healing, witchcraft and fairies in the Scottish witchcraft trials. Folklore, 116 (1). pp. 19-36. ISSN 0015-587X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 The Folklore Society. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of English (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 11:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0015587052000337699
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/0015587052000337699
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5597

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