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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By this meanes if you have aine inventionyou may seeme to doo a hundreth miracles, and to discover the secrets of a mans thoughts, or words spoken a far off. At the end of the scoh the printer gives his name as William Brome.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. And the more unpossible a thing is, the more we stand in feare thereof; and the lesse likelie to be true, the more we beleeve it. This book is even considered to be a textbook on conjuring spirits.

Certainly we cannot know for certain if this is the case; I have my doubts, however.

Scot speaks so passionately about the Scriptures and the idolatry of witch-hunters that he seems to be a man who believes both in a God and a rational world ruled by natural laws.

How to tell one what card he seeth in the bottome, when the same card is shuffled into the stacke. His views were presented in his book The Discoverie of Witchcrafta lengthy tome which chronicles the supposed powers of witches and provides devastating arguments against them: To transform or alter the Colour of ones Cap or Hat.

It is frightening to note that such times are not completely behind us.


This art of it selfe is not evill; for it consisteth in searching foorth the nature, causes, and effects of things. James the 1st became King of England inand brought with him his fervent belief in witches and the necessity of witch-hunting, including his own book on the subject, Daemonologie It provides detailed conjurations to a fair few spirits, shews knowledge of planets and angels, among other things.

A Charm against Shot, or Wastecoat of Proof. It was undertaken on the recommendation of the professors, and was dedicated to the university curators and the burgomaster of Leiden. Item, although the proofe of perjurie may put backe a witnesse in all other causes; yet in this, a perjured person is a good and lawfull witnesse.

King James later found Scot’s opinion so heretical that he ordered all copies of his book to be burned. How to convey with words or Charme the Corn contained in one Box into another. InScot was involved in a legal capacity in a witch trial in which one Margaret Simmons was accused of witchcraft. Please go to http: 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:. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Thus in processe of time they have all displeaseed hir, and she hath wishes evill lucke unto them all; perhaps with cursses and imprecations made in forme.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Discourse concerning the nature and substance of devils and spirits. Devils, Demons, and Witchcraft: To thrust a Bodkin through your Tongue, and a Knife through your Arm; a pitiful sight, without hurt or danger.

How to pull Laces innumerable out of your mouth, of what colour or length you list, and never any thing seen to be therein. He notes how the regular process of law does not apply to cases of witchcraft: A Charm to be said each morning by a Witch fasting, or at least before she go abroad.


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On such example is Reginald Scotwho took the incredibly bold step to not only defend accused witches against the charges laid before them, but to also prove once and for all that witchcraft does not exist! Another Charm that Witches use at the gathering of their Medicinable Herbs.

Another to the same effect. Scot found contemporary support in the influential Samuel Harsnetand his views continued to be defended later by Thomas Ady Candle in the Dark: Yea David saith, that among the dead as in this case of Samuel God himselfe sheweth no wonders. Discoveire Dictionary of National Biography online ed. An old Womans Charm, wherewith she did much good in the Countrey, and grew famous thereby. Bodins stuffe concerning the Pythonist A very wonderful and strange Miracle of God shewed upon a Dutch -man of the age of 23 years, which was possessed of ten Devils, and was by Gods mighty providence dispossessed of them again, the 27 of January last past, For a bloody Flux, or rather an Issue of blood.

To heal the Kings or Queens Evil, or any other soreness in the Throat.