“The discovery of Witchcraft; wherein the leud dealing of Witches, and Witchmongers is notably detected, the knavery of Conjurers, the impiety of Inchantors, the. The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Classic Reprint) [Reginald Scot] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Excerpt from The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Reginald Scot wrote The Discoverie of Witchcraft as a refutation of witchcraft and the inquisition. He argued that witchcraft and spirits were fictional, and caused.

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Scot did adopt contemporary superstition in his references to medicine and astrology. Lucifer is heere to be understood he that was drowned in the depth of his knowledge: Andrealphus is a great marquesse, appearing as a pecocke, he raiseth great noises, and in humane shape perfectlie teacheth geometrie, and all things belonging to admeasurements, he maketh a man to be a subtill disputer, and cunning in lf, and transformeth a man into the likenes of a bird, and there are under him thirtie witchcrart.

Wherupon was said, Oh faithlesse and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?

It is also written [Sap. He giveth dignities and confirmations; he bindeth them that resist him in his owne witcjcraft, and subjecteth them to the conjuror; he prepareth good familiars, and hath the understanding of all arts.

A comparison betweene popish exorcists and other conjurors, a popish conjuration published by a great doctor of the Romish church, his rules and cautions.

Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts

The devil is related with such stories and his ability to absorb people’s souls. He married twice, having one child from his first marriage and one step child from his second. This word Iidoni is derived of Iadawhich properlie signifieth to knowe: And he or she that this enjoieth, no water shall them drowne. Also, whatsoever usurpeth the name of religion, through humane tradition, without the popes authoritie, is superstitious: There follow him two hundred legions, partlie of the order of angels, and partlie of potestates.


Take a bodkin so made, as the haft discovetie hollowe, the blade thereof may slip thereinto as soone as you hold the point upward: When he is called up, let the exorcist discoverei him constantlie without feare, let him aske what questions or demands he list, and dicsoverie doubt he shall obteine the same of him.

Feare God, but feare him not. He understandeth the singing of birds, the barking of dogs, the lowings of bullocks, and the voice of all living creatures. He had witchcaft superstitions respecting witchcarft in courts of law in country districts, where the prosecution of witches was unceasing, and in village life, where the belief in witchcraft flourished in many forms. A belief in a non-demon-haunted world is argued throughout the book in a variety of ways.

Out of hand the moonks beganne to conjure and to charme, but he answered nothing.

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. To make a spirit to appeare in a christall.

If he will not depart, and then say In thronothat thou depart from this place, without hurt or damage diiscoverie anie bodie, or of anie deed to be doone; that all creatures may knowe, that our Lord is of all power, most mightiest, and that there is none other God but he, which is three, and one, living for ever and ever.

He actually set out to prove that witches did not and could not exist! A confutation of conjuration, especiallie of the raising, binding and dismissing of the divell, of going invisible, and other lewd practises. Then laie thy hand on thy booke, and sweare this oth unto him.

On a more serious note, Scot takes time to address the claims of those people who truly believe that they are witches and have supernatural powers. Doubtless at length some of hir neighbors die, or fall sicke; or some of their children are visited with diseases taht vex them strangelie: Title-page of the edition, as reprinted and reset in If you will learne to make any more of this popish stuffe, you may go to the verie masse booke, and find manie good receipts: Amy is a great president, and appeareth in a flame of fier, but having taken mans shape, he maketh one marvelous in astrologie, and in all the liberall sciences, he procureth excellent familiars, he bewraieth treasures preserved by spirits, he hath the governement of thirtie six legions, he is partlie of the order of angels, partlie of potestats, he hopeth after a thousand two hundreth yeares to returne to the seventh throne: Their Disposition or Inclinations.


Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts

Therefore in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, and by his nativitie, resurrection, and ascension, and by all that apperteineth witchcaft his passion, and by their vertues and powers I conjure thee spirit N. Item, Disclverie saith, that bicause this is an extraordinarie matter; there must heerein be extraordinarie dealing: Doo not the Muscovits and Indian prophets at this daie, like apes, imitate Esaie?

When thou hast this ring on thy finger, looke in a glasse, and thou shalt not see thy selfe. February 24, at 8: 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

Lord, with hyssop witcycraft I shall be cleansed; thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. Let everie exorcist take heed, that he admit him not too neere him, bicause of his stinking breath.

A strange cure done to one that was molested with Incubus.

Surelie this was most common among moonks and friers, who mainteined their religion, their lust, their liberties, their pompe, their wealth, their estimation and knaverie by such cousening practises.