Peter Maxwell-Stuart

MA (Cantab.), PhD (St. And.) F R Hist S. F S A Scot - Honorary Reader


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Teaching and Research Interests

Latin for postgraduates, the occult sciences, particularly of early modern Europe, specialising in magic and witchcraft.

Main Publications

Widely published in both Latin and Greek, as well as History. Recent publications include:

  • Edited Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum , (Manchester University Press 2007)
  • The Chemical Choir: A History of Alchemy (Hambledon: Continuum 2008)
  • 'James VI's changing views on witchcraft', in J. Newton: Reactions to the 1604 Witchcraft Act, (Brill 2008)
  • 'Astrology and same-sex relations', in K. Borris: The Occult Sciences and Same-Sex Love in Early Modern Europe, (Routledge 2008)
  • The Devil: From Early Modern Times to the Present (Amberley 2009)
  • 'Entering the Courts of Heaven: rituals of initiation in late antiquity', in T. Stewart: Seeking the Light: Freemasonry and Initiatic Traditions, (Canonbury 2009)
  • Astrology: From Babylonian Times to the Present Day (Amberley 2010)
  • Witch Beliefs and Witch Trials in the Middle Ages: Documents and Readings (Hambledon: Continuum 2011)
  • 'Reformation Understandings of Superstition, Magic and Witchcraft' in T & T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology 2011
  • 'Poltergeists: A History of Violent Ghostly Phenomena' (Amberley 2011)
  • 'Appearance of Satan in Mediaeval and Early Modern Europe: A Problem or Not?' Northern Studies 43 (2012), 40-49
  • 'Astrology, magic and witchcraft' in A Hadfield (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to English Prose. c. 1500-1640' (OUP 2013)
  • 'Francois Perraud', ''Pittenweem Witches', History of Witchcraft in Scotland', Aberdeen Witches in G Gersmann, K Moeller, J-M Schmidt (eds) Encyclopaedia of the History of Witch-Hunting @, (2013)
  • 'Alchemy' in The Encylopedia of Toxicology (2013)
  • The British Witch: The History of a Dangerous Profession, (Amberley 2014)
  • 'Magic and the Sciences during an age of change,' in The History of Evil in the Early Modern Age (Acumen Publishing 2015)
  • 'Martin del Rio' in Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (2015)
  • 'Charms,' in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (2016)
Forthcoming Publications
  • Martin Delrio, Investigations into Magic, ed. & translation, with Jose Manuel Valverde, (Brill 2020)
  • Gomez Pereira, Antoniana Margarita, edition and translation with Jose Manuel Valverde (Brill 2018)
  • 'Performing magic in the ancient world' in O. Davies (ed.), Oxford Ilustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic (2017)
  • John Locke, Two Tracts on Government, and Essay on Infallibility, with Jacqueline Rose, (OUP 2018)
  • The Gold-Digging Ants of Herodotus, (Edwin Mellen, 2017)
  • Johann Groning, Unimpeded Sailing, edition and translation (Brill 2017)


Main Publications