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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The book also narrates stories of strange phenomena in the context of religious convictions. A Charm for the Bots in a Horse. Reginald Scot was born in or around in Kent into a landed English family. The result is a fascinating look at the views on mental illness of the time: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Discoverie of witchcraft Subject terms: Another Charm that Witches use at the gathering of their Medicinable Herbs.

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. To cut half your Nose asunder, and to heal it again presently without any Salve.

But whatsoever is reported or conceived of such maner of witchcrafts, I dare avow to be false and fabulous coosinage, dotage, and poisoning excepted neither is there any mention made of these kind of witches in the Bible.

At the assises holden at RochesterAnnoone Margaret Simonsthe wife of John Simonsof Brechlie in Kentwas araigned for witchcraft, at the instigation and complaint of divers fond and malicious persons; and speciallie by the meanes of one John Ferrall vicar of that parish: Any other source I used for the post is hyperlinked.

How the Day is divided or distinguished. That which he, for his part, laid to the poore womans charge, was this. That is to say, he was utterly without imagination, a very dull, narrow, and ineffective little soul.


A pretty Charm or Discovwrie for one Possessed. Some of these crimes may not onelie be in the power and will of a witch, but may be accomplished by natural meanes: Saint Adelberts Curse or Charm against Thieves.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Hereafter followeth a Table shewing how the discovverie and the night is divided by hours, and reduced to the regiment of the Planets. As once the craft to be proven non-existent, acquits all who are accused of witchcraft that time.

This may seem to be a rather mundane form of magic, but as Scot recounts elsewhere, it was enough to bring at least one witchhcraft to trial:. Another way to find out a Thief. It is in this mood The Discoverie of Witchcraft was published. A Charm to find her that bewitched your Kine.

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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Basson, the first editor’s son, was printed at Leiden in He was taking quite a big risk: There are four dedications: A translation into Dutch, edited by Thomas Basson, an English stationer living at Leidenappeared there in Reginadl make a shoal of Goslings draw a Timber-log.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. At the heart of Scot’s book are stories and charges pulled from the writers of the Witchcraf about the supposed nature of witches.

July 17, at November 13, at A Charm found in the Canon of the Mass. He proceeded yet further against hir, affirming, that alwaies in his parish church, when he scto to read most plainelie, his voice so failed him, as he could scant be heard at all.

January 4, at 2: To make a Pot or any such thing standing fast on the Cupboard, to fall down thencs by vertue of words. How beit, she said that at all times his voice was hoarse and lowe: Then thrust csot toong betwixt the foresaid space; to wit, into the bought left it the bodkin blade, thrusting the said bought behind your teeth, and biting the same: None intercession, no delaie, none excuse, no deniall would serve, neither in jest nor derision, nor yet through sober or honest meanes; but he was assigned a peremptorie daie, to answer for life.


There is a typo in the fifth paragraph. Another Experiment for one bewitched. Certainly we cannot know for certain if this is the case; I have my doubts, however.

In his own words:. The latter sentence is remarkably similar to Arthur C. Geginald the 1st rrginald King of England inand brought with him his fervent belief in reginsld and the necessity of witch-hunting, including his own book on the subject, Daemonologie To make a little Ball swell in your hand till it he very great. To thrust a Bodkin through your Tongue, and a Knife through your Arm; a pitiful sight, without hurt or danger.

Another for the same purpose.

The book also gives stories of magicians with supernatural powers performing in front of courts of kings. That miracles are ceased… Yet the treatise is valuable; it gives us the complete armoury of the atheist.

If anie man advisedlie marke their words, actions, cogitations, and gestures, he shall perceive that melancholie abounding in their head, and occupieng their senses: 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. For all these things are laid to their charge at one instant, even by the greatest doctors and patrones of the sect of the witchmongers, producing as manie proofs for witches supernaturall and impossible actions, as for the other.

Scott enumerates authors whose works in Latin he had consulted, and twenty-three authors who wrote in English. Charms to find out a Thief.