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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How to pull Laces innumerable out of your mouth, of what colour or length you list, and never any thing seen to be therein. To thrust a Bodkin through your Tongue, and a Knife through your Arm; a pitiful sight, without hurt or danger. Reginald Scot, by the way, looked like he was trained in Kabbalistic teachings and ceremonial evocation.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For then the divell might in the likenes of an honest man commit anie criminal offense; as Lavater in his nineteenth chapter De spectris reporteth of a grave wise magistrate in the territorie of Tigurie, who affirmed, that as he and his servant went through certeine pastures, he espied in a morning, the divell in the likenes of reginapd whome he knew verie well, wickedlie dealing with a mare.

Scot believed that the prosecution of those accused of witchcraft was irrational and un- Christianand he held the Roman Church responsible. A belief in a non-demon-haunted world is argued throughout the book in a variety of ways. Yea David saith, that among the dead as in this case witvhcraft Samuel God himselfe sheweth no wonders. To thrust a Dagger or Bodkin into your Guts very strangely, and to recover immediately.

Another, for all that have bewitched any kind of Cattel. Of divert petty Juggling Knacks. To thrust a bodkin through your toong, and a knife through your arme: To convey a Testor out of ones Hand that holdeth it fast.

A third edition in folio, datedincluded nine new chapters, and added a second book to “The Discourse on Devils and Spirits”. Some of these crimes may not onelie be in the power and will of a witch, but may be accomplished by natural meanes: 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: How to convey with words or Charme the Corn contained in one Box into another.


At least two were hanged in the outcry which followed, and the case caused a sensation throughout England. For you shall understand, that the force which melancholie hath, and the effects that it worketh in the bodie of a man, or rather of a woman, are almost incredible. 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.

Views Read Edit View history. Scot blasts and even mocks the accusations of the witch-hunters and the reasoning behind their extraordinary methods: Yea, he also told me, that this his sonne being as it were past all cure received perfect health at the hands of another witch.

The chapter on magic tricks in Scot’s Discoverie was later plagiarised heavily; it was the basis of The Art of Juggling by S.

You shall read in the legend, how in the night time Incubus came to a ladies bed side, and made hot loove unto hir: Item, the complaint of anie one man of credit is sufficient to bring a poore woman to the racke or pullie. September 5, at 1: Perhaps the most damning case against Summers can be made from his concluding remarks: September 22, at 9: Shortly after the Spanish Inquisition, directly in the wake of Sprenger and Kramer’s Malleus Maleficarum, during the great upsurge of witch trials in Britain, Scot was a direct witness to the witchmonger in one of witch-hunting’s bloodiest eras.

How to consecrate an imaginary Circle. Then sprinkle upon any thing, and say as followeth. Itsem, a witch is not to be delivered, though she endure all the tortures, and confesse nothing; as all other are in anie criminall cases. Then was called to mind the fraie betwixt the dog and the boie: And if one of these prognostications fall out right, then they triumph above measure.


He spends much time blasting various prognosticators, such as the oracles, diviners, and augurs. In his own words: Bodin], or confuted him somewhat more effectually. However, this was also a time of great change, where people were beginning to think more rationally and old beliefs were starting to be questioned. There are four dedications: Scot’s book appeared entitled The Discoverie of Witchcraft, wherein the Lewde dealing of Witches and Witchmongers is notablie detected, in sixteen books A common legend says that when James took the English throne as King James I inhe called for all copies of The Discoverie of Witchcraft to be destroyed, but there is no contemporary evidence supporting this statement.

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To spoil a Thief, a Witch, or any other Enemy, and to be delivered from the evil. How to rap a wag on the Knuckles. March 17, at 8: As farre as I can conceive, it hath beene more corrupted and prophaned by us Christians, than either by Jewes or Gentiles.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

For all these things are laid to their charge at one instant, even by the greatest doctors witchcrafh patrones of the sect of the witchmongers, producing as manie proofs for witches supernaturall and impossible actions, as for the other.

In14 women were charged with witchcraft in the village of St. A Charm taken out of the Primer. Email required Address never made public. Which hee could impute, he said, to nothing else, but to hir inchantment. He had studied witchccraft respecting witchcraft 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. As for the labour, sweat, watching, care, and diligence, which I have used in this behalfe, I cannot shew you them at this time.

As once the craft to be proven non-existent, acquits all who scpt accused of witchcraft that time.