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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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He that looketh upon his neighbors wife, and lusteth after hir, hath committed adulterie. Certeinlie, God indueth bodies with wonderfull graces, the perfect knowledge whereof man hath not reached unto: And truelie, he that in hart and by argument mainteineth 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.

Scot believed that the utter absurdity of the facts would be enough to stop belief in witchcraft forever. This art of it selfe is not evill; for it consisteth in searching foorth the nature, causes, and effects of things.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

The Discoverie of Witchcraft itself is a shotgun blast against the belief in witches and viscoverie the credulous and conniving people who promote that belief. To speak with Spirits. One particularly outraged believer was King James VI of Scotland, who was subsequently inspired to write his own treatise, Daemonologie, in And further, in tract of time the witch waxeth odious and tedious to hir neighbors; and they againe are despised and despited of hir: Surely the first chapter of his Eighth Book is a clear announcement of atheism: February 24, at 8: King James later found Scot’s opinion so heretical that he ordered all copies of his book to be burned.

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Just a heads up. To convey a Testor out of ones Hand that holdeth it fast.

To put one Testor into one hand, and another into another hand, and with words to bring them together. In The Discoverie of Witchcraft iwtchcraft, Scot is speaking out simultaneously against the existence of witchcraft and in defence of accused witches.

A Popish Periapt or Charm, which must never be said, but carried about one, against Theeves.

Another to the same effect. I find also that God will not give his glorie and power to a creature. How to consecrate an imaginary Circle. Although dkscoverie us, we thinke them bewitched that wax suddenlie poore, and not them that growe hastilie rich; yet at Rome you shall understand, that as Plinie reporteth upon these articles one C.

Discoverie of witchcraft Subject terms: A notable Feat of Fast and Loose; namely, to pull three Bead stones from off a Cord, while discoveriie hold fast the ends thereef, without removing of your reginlad. A notable trick to transform a Counter to a Groat. In order to prove this point, however, Scot needed to show that the seemingly miraculous tricks by magicians and supposed witches could be done by very ordinary and natural means.

It was undertaken on the recommendation of the professors, and was dedicated to the university curators and the burgomaster of Leiden.

Whatever your interest in witchcraft — either historical, psychological, or sympathetic — Scot, in his disproof, tells you much more about the subject than the many, many contemporary writers on the other side of the question. He actually set out to prove that witches did not and could not exist! He attended college a short time at Hart Hall which would later become Hertford Collegethough he left without a degree. For it teacheth to accomplish maters in such witchccraft and oportunitie, as the common people thinketh the same to be miraculous; and to be compassed none other waie, but onelie by witchcraft.

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Then take the Salt in thy hand, and say putting it it into the Water, making in the manner of a Cross. A Charm to be said each morning by a Witch fasting, or at least before she go abroad.

How to tell one what card he seeth in the bottome, when the disxoverie card is shuffled into the stacke. 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.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Scotte’s discoovery of Witchcraft dismasketh sundry egregious impostures, and in certaine principall chapters, and speciall passages, hitteth the nayle on the head with a witnesse; howsoever I could have wished he had either dealt somewhat more curteously with Monsieur Bondine [i. Lie a wager with your confederate who must seeme simple, or obstinatelie opposed against you that standing behind a doore, you will by the sound or ringing of the monie tell him whether he cast crosse or pile: He left Oxford University without completing his degree and went riscoverie to hold a number of posts and positions, including Member of Parliament for New Romney.

To make a Pot or any such thing standing fast on the Cupboard, to fall down thencs by vertue of words.