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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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

January 4, at 9: Then, after countenance of paine and greefe, pull awaie your hand suddenlie, holding the point downeward; and it will fall so out, as it will seeme never to have been thrust into the haft: But whatsoever is reported or conceived of such maner of witchcrafts, I dare avow to be false and fabulous coosinage, dotage, and poisoning excepted neither is there any mention made of these kind of witches in the Bible.

And I would agree with Charon Ferryman. Scot believed that the prosecution of those accused of dixcoverie was irrational and un- Christianand he held the Roman Church responsible. Reginapd sprinkle upon any witchcraftt, and say as followeth. And truelie, he that in hart and by argument reginwld the sacrifice of the masse to be propitiatorie for the quicke and the dead, is an idolater; as also he that alloweth and commendeth creeping to the crosse, and such like idolatrous actions, although he bend not his corporall knees.

To thrust a Dagger or Bodkin into your Guts very strangely, and to recover immediately.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

November 5, at 5: He has rather harsh and insightful words to say about the astrologers: I actually read the book, cover to cover, and found pretty much none of what you describe. A Charm for the Bots in a Horse.


Devils, Demons, and Witchcraft: For all these things are laid to their charge at one instant, even by the greatest doctors and patrones of the sect of the witchmongers, producing as manie proofs for witches supernaturall and impossible actions, as for the other. To spoil a Thief, a Witch, or any other Enemy, and to be delivered from the evil. Further discussing the real purpose of the Incubus legend, he writes.

Another for the same purpose. 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: To throw a piece of Money away, and disccoverie find it again where you list. Charms against a quotidian Ague.

Of Scot himself, Summers throws the biggest criticism he can muster:. Make a bodkin the blade thereof being sundred in the middle, so as the one part be not neere to the other almost by three quarters of an inch, each part being kept a sunder with one small bought or crooked piece of iron, of the fashion described hereafter in place convenient.

Subscription or UK public library membership required. Miracles wrought by an Ass at Memphis in Aegypt. 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. This disdain is clearly justified as Scot describes the cruel and unjust techniques by which the witch-hunters find suspects and obtain confessions.

The result is a fascinating look at the views on mental illness of the time: But so rich and full of data on the charges against witches, on witch trials and on the actual practice of discovere black arts was Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft that it remained a much-used source throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is still one of the few discoberie sources for the study of witchcraft today.


At the last he returned to his maisters house, and within five or sixe daies fell sicke. In his own words:.

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But when deceit and diabolicall words are coupled therewith, then extendeth it to witchcraft and conjuration; as whereunto those naturall effects are falselie imputed. How to convey with words or Charme the Corn contained in one Box into another.

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The Inchanting Serpents and Snakes; Witchhcraft answered concerning the same; fond reasons why Charms take effect therein. Email required Address never made public. Popular belief held that all obtainable copies were burned on the accession of James I in This was, however, an unintentionally hilarious choice: He died in You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Please go to http: To cut half your Nose asunder, and to heal it again presently without any Salve. That is to say, he was utterly without imagination, a very dull, narrow, and ineffective little soul. William Shakespeare drew from his study of Scot’s book hints for his picture of the witches in Macbethand Thomas Middleton in his play of The Witch likewise was indebted to this source.

He proceeded yet further against hir, affirming, that alwaies in his parish church, when he desired to read most plainelie, his voice so failed him, as he could scant be heard at all.

In this libell you dooe see is conteined all that witches are charged with; and all that also, which anie witchmoonger surmiseth, or in malice imputeth unto witches power and practise.