“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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Then perceiving the time that he will depart, get awaie the people from you, and get or take your stone or glasse, or other thing in your hand, and saie the Pater noster, Ave, and Credoand this praier as followeth. Home Explore Shakespeare Blogs The Discoverie of Witchcraft Explore Reginald Scot’s “The Discoverie of Witchcraft”, a book considered to be the first published on witchcraft, which fights against the superstitions and belief in witchcraft, spirits, alchemy, and magic in the 16th century.

Leo from heaven by an angell, the vertues of S. Forneus is a great marquesse, like unto a monster of the sea, he maketh men woondeffull in rhetorike, he adorneth a man with a good name, and the knowledge of toongs, and maketh one beloved as well of foes as freends: For they should not directlie in their conjurations call upon the divell as they doo with intreatie, but with authoritie and commandement. But the woonderous devises, and miraculous sights and conceipts made and conteined in glasse, doo farre exceed all other; whereto the art perspective is verie necessarie.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft By: Bodin confesseth, that he is afraid to read such conjurations as John Wierus reciteth; least belike the divell would come up, and scratch him with his fowle long nailes. And everie toong doth confesse, that our Lord Jesus Christ is in the glorie of the father: And when he is in, feele the stone, and it will be hot; and feare nothing, for he or shee will shew manie delusions, to drive you from your worke.

Surely the first chapter of his Eighth Book is a clear announcement of atheism: 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 wiychcraft condemnation, and punishment of death.

For it teacheth to accomplish maters in such sort and oportunitie, as the common people thinketh the same to be miraculous; and to be compassed none other waie, but onelie by witchcraft.

Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts

I marvell yet, that anie can be so bewitched, as to be made to beleeve, that by vertue of their words, anie earthlie creature can be made invisible. And SibyliaI conjure thee, by the vertue of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the vertue of his flesh and pretious bloud, that he tooke of our blessed ladie the virgine, and by all the holie companie in heaven: Now saith he when I considered throughlie hereof, remaining doubtfull of the matter, there fell into my hands a witch, who of hir owne accord did promise me to fetch me an errand out of hand from farre countries, and willed all them, whome I had brought to witnesse the matter, to depart out wifchcraft the chamber.


And whereas before they misliked him, now they conceived such displeasure as they devised this meanes to be revenged; to wit, that his wife was damned for ever.

And therefore fearing the sentence of condemnation, which was to be given there, by the voice witchcdaft verdict of three men as we heere are tried by twelve made his appearance at the daie assigned, and brought with him his ploughs and harrowes, spades and shovels, and other instruments of husbandrie, his oxen, horsses, and working bullocks, his servants, and also his daughter, which was a sturdie wench and a good huswife, and also as Piso reporteth well trimmed up in apparell, and said to the whole bench in this wise; Lo heere my lords I make diwcoverie appearance, according to my promise and your pleasure, presenting unto you my charmes and witchcrafts, which have so inriched me.

To thrust a bodkin into your head without hurt. Actually, Reginald Scot is a mysticist.

You shall read in the legend, how in the night time Incubus came to a ladies bed side, and made hot loove unto hir: Reginald Scot was born into a noble family with a long lineage and an estate in Brabourne, Kent, where he spent most of his life. Knights from daie dawning, till sunne rising; or from evensong, till the sunne set.

But they proove this by S. The divell pull out both thine eies, And etish tn the holes likewise. You are commenting using your Twitter account. And when he had thus given them to understand, that the verie cause of his damnation was Luthers heresie, and that the bodie must needs be digged up againe: But surelie, he that cannot make one haire white or blacke, whereof on the other side not one falleth from the head without Gods speciall providence, can never bring to passe, that the visible creature of God shall become nothing, or lose the vertue and grace powred therinto by God the creator of all things.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

I conjure you three sisters, discoveire the vertue of all the riall words aforesaid: Therefore they commanded him to make answer by tokens and signes to certeine things they would demand of him. No wood is halfe so honourable, in branch, in bud, or blossome.


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Discoverie of Witchcraft, The

You seem to be implying that he himself believed in witches and that his arguments were all a sham. The monumental injustice and foolishness of witch-hunts seems to have struck a moral chord in Scot, leading to his book. 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:.

Such matters as touched the baser sort, were inferior causes; which the superstition of the people themselves would not neglect to learne.

The book was well-received abroad. A third edition in folio, datedincluded nine new chapters, and added a second book to “The Discourse on Devils and Spirits”. I conjure and charge, bind and constreine thee Bealpharesby all the riall words aforesaid, and by their vertues, that thou be obedient unto me, and to come and appeare visiblie unto me, and that in all daies, houres, and [] minuts, whersoever I be, being called by the vertue of our Lord Jesu Christ, the which words are written in this booke.

This spirit Bealphares being once called and found, shall never have power to hurt thee. Othersome of these crimes likewise are so absurd, supernaturall, and impossible, that they are derided almost of all men, and as false, fond, and fabulous reports condemned: Therefore he that will doo this worke, shall absteine from lecherousnes and dronkennesse, and from false swearing, and doo all the abstinence that he may doo; and namelie three dales before he go to worke, and in the third dale, when the night is come, and when the starres doo shine, and the element faire and cleare, he shall bath himselfe and his fellowes if he have anie all together in a quicke welspring.

Caim is a great president, taking the forme of a thrush, but when he putteth on man’s shape, he answereth in burning ashes, carrieng in his hand a most sharpe swoord, he maketh the best disputers, he giveth men the understanding of all birds, of the lowing of bullocks, and barking of dogs, and also of the sound and noise of waters, he answereth best of things to come, he was of the order of angels, and ruleth thirtie legions of divels.

This aspect is of enimitie most perfect. Drinke in the night at a spring water out of a skull of one that hath beene slaine.