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Explore Reginald Scot’s “The Discoverie of Witchcraft”, a book considered to be the first published on witchcraft, which fights against the. On such example is Reginald Scot (), who took the incredibly bold step to not only defend accused witches against the charges laid. THE DISCOVERIE v^. WITCHGRAFT. REGINALD SCOT, Esquire. BEING A REPRINT OF THE FIRST EDITION. PUBLISHED IN

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As for the labour, sweat, watching, care, and diligence, which I have used in this behalfe, I cannot wltchcraft you them at this time. To the extent possible under law, the Text Creation Partnership has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this keyboarded and encoded edition soct the work described above, according to the terms of the CC0 1.

How to consecrate an imaginary Circle. In the book was twice reissued in London in quarto by Richard Cotes; the two issues differ slightly in the imprint on the title page.

Basson, the first editor’s son, was printed at Leiden in Printed for Andrew Clark For instance, here is a very old description of a very classic card trick: To thrust a piece of Lead into one Eye, and to drive it about with a stick between the skin and flesh of the fore-head, until it be brought to the other Eye, and there thrust out.

February 24, at 8: If all be true that is addedged of their dooings, why should we believe in Christ, bicause of his miracles, when a witch dooth as great wonders as ever he did?

He was taking quite a big risk: July 17, at Please witchcrraft to http: A Popish Periapt or Charm, which must never be said, but carried about one, against Theeves. This was, however, disxoverie unintentionally hilarious choice: His idea of trying to prove witchcraft does not exist is the most brilliant thing ever to do to defend the witches. Then thrust your toong betwixt the foresaid space; to wit, into the bought left it the bodkin blade, thrusting the said bought behind your teeth, and biting the same: Regijald commenced and finished by Witchcraft.

How to pull Laces innumerable out of your mouth, of what colour or length you list, and never any thing seen to be therein. And truelie, he that in hart and by argument mainteineth the sacrifice of the masse to be propitiatorie for the quicke and the dead, is discocerie idolater; as also he that alloweth and commendeth creeping to the crosse, discoveroe such like idolatrous actions, although he bend not his corporall knees.


At the last he returned to his maisters house, and within five or sixe daies fell sicke. When I advertised the poore woman hereof, as being desirous to heare what she could saie for hir selfe; she told me, that in verie deed his voice did much faile him, speciallie when he strained himselfe to speake lowdest.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. His aim was to prevent the persecution of poor, aged, and simple persons, who were popularly credited with being witches. discovverie

To spoil a Thief, a Witch, or any other Enemy, and to be delivered from the evil. Another way to find out a Thief. If part be untrue, why may not the residue be thought false? The Dover edition of Discoverie is a reprint of sclt John Rodker edition, and the introduction to this edition is also of historical interest. Through bibliographies, one may trace modern grimoires to this work.

In14 women were charged with witchcraft in the village of St. Gabriel Harveyin his Pierce’s Supererogation[6] wrote:.

One particularly outraged believer was King James VI of Scotland, who was subsequently inspired to write his own treatise, Daemonologie, in So as heere I shall have some occasion to say somewhat of naturall magicke; bicause under it lieth hidden thte venome of this word Hartumim. And by this meanes he was dismissed by the consent of that court, who otherwise as it was thought should hardly have escaped the sentence of condemnation, and punishment of death.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Scot believed that the prosecution of those accused of witchcraft was irrational and un- Christianand he held the Roman Church responsible. This may seem to be a rather mundane form of magic, but as Scot recounts elsewhere, it was enough to bring at least one man to trial: When you consider the time the Inquisitionpublishing the rest of the stuff i. Society must always be vigilant and ready to push back against such irrational fear-mongering and superstition.

Some of these crimes also laid unto witches charge, are by me denied, and by them cannot be prooved to be true, or committed, by any one witch. The Discoverie of Witchcraft is considered to be the first published book on witchcraft, and is a wonderful record of superstition and belief in witchcraft, spirits, alchemy and magic in the 16th century.


Add to bookbag Search this text: Human beings are naturally endowed with the ability to reason, but that reason is a far cry from a belief in a world governed by immutable natural laws. As farre as I can regjnald, it hath beene more corrupted and prophaned by us Christians, than either by Jewes or Gentiles.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And further, in tract of time the witch waxeth odious and tedious to hir neighbors; and they againe are despised and despited of hir: In arguing against the power of magical charms and amulets, Scot gives an account of the placebo effect as understood by the physicians of the time:.

It seems that the injustice of the witch trials struck a chord with Scot, and this trial was likely a catalyst for this book. A Witchcradt to open Locks. At the assises holden at RochesterAnnoone Margaret Simonsthe wife of John Simonsof Brechlie in Kentwas araigned for witchcraft, at the instigation and complaint of divers fond and malicious persons; and speciallie by the meanes of one John Ferrall vicar of that parish: For as some of these melancholike persons imagine, they are witches and by witchcraft can worke woonders, and doo what they discooverie A Charm found in the Canon of the Mass.

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Scot believed that the utter absurdity of the facts would be enough to stop belief in witchcraft forever. In the midst of such times of ignorance and superstition, however, there are always shining pillars of skeptical and rational thought that beat back the darkness, at least temporarily. Item, Bodin saith, that bicause this is an extraordinarie matter; there must heerein be extraordinarie dealing: And if we were feginald such, I thinke with Cornelius Agrippathat these divinors, astrologers, conjurors, and cousenors would die for hunger.