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The Blasphemies of Thomas Aikenhead: Boundaries of Belief on the Eve of the Enlightenment

Michael F. Graham


This is the first modern book-length study of the case of Thomas Aikenhead, the sometime University of Edinburgh student who in 1697 earned the unfortunate distinction of being the last person executed for blasphemy in Britain. Taking a micro-historical approach, the book uses the Aikenhead case to open a window into the world of Edinburgh, Scotland and Britain in its transition from the confessional era of the Reformation and the covenants, which placed high emphasis on the defence of orthodox belief, to the polite, literary world of the Enlightenment, of which Edinburgh would become a major ... More

Keywords: Thomas Aikenhead, University of Edinburgh, blasphemy, Reformation, confessional era, covenants, Enlightenment, trial, hanging, media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748634262
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael F. Graham, author