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BookTALK: PTS Community Series

This guide contains resources that complement the PTS Community Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library

Library & Online Resources

Nancy Kilgore is a former pastor and a published fiction writerShe has been also been a pastoral counselor for the last twenty years. In addition to receiving her Master of Divinity from PTS, Kilgore received a Certificate in Creative Writing from Radcliffe College and a Doctor of Ministry in Religion, Culture and Personality from Boston University. She resides in Burlington, Vermont.

Kilgore's most recent book, Bitter Magic, was inspired by the true story of the witchcraft trial of Isobel Gowdie in 1662. From Kirkus Reviews: “...the prose is confident and the setting richly detailed...Kilgore captures the dismal subsistence of the peasants, the pall of religious fervor, the new search for rationality, and the sorry plight of women...A significant, accurate portrayal of a dour 1660s Scotland..."

Learn more about Nancy Kilgore at

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These books are not currently in the Barbour Library collection. The links below will take you to either (which supports local bookstores) or, where you can purchase the book.

Goodare, Julian. Ed. Witchcraft and Belief in Early Modern Scotland. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2007.

Goodare, Julian. Ed. The Scottish Witch-Hunt in Context. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.

Kilgore, Nancy. Bitter Magic: Inspired by the True Story of a Confessed Witch. Boiling Springs, PA: Milton House Press, 2021.

Kilgore, Nancy. Sea Level.  Durham, NC: RCWMS, 2011.

Kilgore, Nancy. Wild Mountain. West Brattleboro, VT: Green Writers Press, 2017.

Levack, Brian. Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics and Religion. Oxfordshire, England: Routledge, 2007.

Normand, Lawrence. Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland: James' VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches. Liverpool, England: Liverpool University Press, 2000.


Books in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only.

Library Resources by Subject

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The articles below without links are not available in the Barbour Library journal collection - please check your local library for interlibrary loan services in order to obtain copies of these.

Davies, Caroline. "Women executed 300 years ago as witches in Scotland set to receive pardons". The Guardian, December 19, 2021.

Eschner, Kat. "England’s Witch Trials Were Lawful." Smithsonian Magazine, August 18, 2017. 

Kilgore, Nancy. "Finding the Tracks of a Scottish Witch." Reading the Past, August 10, 2021.


Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Goodare, Julian. 2002. “The Framework for Scottish Witch-Hunting in the 1590s.” Scottish Historical Review 81, 2 (212): 240-250.

Goodare, Julian. 2005. “The Scottish Witchcraft Act.” Church History 74 (1): 39–67. 

Goodare, Julian. 1998. “Women and the Witch-Hunt in Scotland.” Social History 23 (3): 288-308. 

Macdonald, Stuart. 2017. “Counting Witches: Illuminating and Distorting the Shape of Witchcraft Accusations in Scotland.” Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 37 (1): 1–18.