“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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I conjure and exorcise thee Bealphares by the witchcraftt of all angels, archangels, thrones, dominations, principats, potestats, virtutes, cherubim and seraphim, and by their vertues, and by the most truest and speciallest name of your maister, that you doo come unto us, in faire forme of man or womankind, here visiblie, before this circle, and not terrible by anie manner of wales.

For they should not directlie in their conjurations call upon the divell as they doo with intreatie, but with authoritie and commandement. It is frightening to note that such times are not completely behind us. If thou be not obedient unto me, according to thine oth and promise, I N.

And therefore fearing the sentence of condemnation, which was to be given there, by the voice and 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 mine appearance, according to my promise and your pleasure, presenting unto you my charmes and witchcrafts, which have so inriched me.

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

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

This done, go to a place fast by, and in a faire parlor or chamber, make a circle with chalke,as hereafter followeth: Stolas is a great prince, appearing in the forme of a nightraven, before the exorcist, he taketh the image and shape of a man, and teacheth astronomie, absolutelie understanding the vertues of herbes and pretious stones; there are under him twentie six legions. If I doo not performe this oth and promise to thee N.


A licence to depart. The Discoverie of Witchcraft is considered to be the first published book on witchcraft, and is a wonderful record of superstition and belief in witchcraft, spirits, alchemy and magic in the 16th century.

His views were presented in his book The Discoverie of Witchcrafta lengthy tome which chronicles the supposed powers of witches and provides devastating arguments against them:. There must be commended to some poore begger the saieng of five Pater nostersand five Aves ; the first to be said in the name of the partie possessed, or bewitched: Write upon a peece of bread, Irioni, khiriora, esser, khuder, feres; and let it be eaten by the partie bitten. How to make holie water, and the vertues therof.

Their apparell was verie preestlike, of fashion altered from all others, speciallie at the time of their praiers, wherein they might not omit a word nor a syllable: You are commenting using your WordPress.

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 astronomie, and transformeth a man into the likenes of a bird, and there are under him thirtie legions.

They joine herewithall either fat, or oile in steed thereof, that the force of the ointment maie the rather pearse inwardly, and so be more effectuall. If Bileth the king be more stubborne, and refuse to enter into the circle at the first call, and the conjuror shew himselfe fearfull, or if he have not the chaine of spirits, certeinelie he will never feare nor regard him after.

Other grosse absurdities of witchmongers in this matter of conjurations. He was further asked, whether he were damned or no; and if he were, for what cause, for what desert, or fault; whether for covetousnes, or wanton lust, for pride or want of charitie; or whether it were for heresie, or for the sect of Luther newlie sproong up: Dat captivis libertatem, Vita: This holie commixtion of the bodie and bloud of our Lord Jesus Christ, let it be made to me, and to all the receivers thereof, health of mind and bodie, and a wholesome preparative for the deserving and receiving of everlasting life, through our Lord Jesus, Amen.

In14 women were charged with witchcraft in the village of St. Buer is a great president, and is seene in this signe; he absolutelie teacheth philosophie morall and naturall, and also logicke, and the vertue of herbes: November 13, at Would that I could see through the fallacies of my own time as well as he did in his. Trulie I for my part cannot perceive what is to go a whoring after strange gods, if this be not. Traditional names of the three Magi. Whose soule art thou?


The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Moreover, this insuing is another counterfet charme of theirs, qitchcraft the falling evill is presentlie remedied. Even before that, likely in his legal capacity, Scot in was involved in another witch trial. And yet well agreeing to himselfe he saith even there, that the crosse reaching from the one end to the other, signifieth that the people, which were in the head, shalbe made the taile.

Also, whatsoever usurpeth the name of religion, through humane tradition, without the popes authoritie, is superstitious: Holie water must be left in the place. Is it frier P. Itsem, a witch is not to be delivered, though she endure all the tortures, and confesse nothing; as discovreie other are in anie criminall cases.

It makes hir souldiers excellent, and crowneth them with victorie, Restores the lame and impotent, and healeth everie maladie. At the end of the volume the printer gives his name as William Brome.

And see thou be readie to me and to my call, at qitchcraft times and places, at mine owne will and pleasure, daie or night, without damage or hurt of me, or of anie creature; upon palne of everlasting damnation: This bond as followeth, is to cause the spirit in the christall stone, to fetch unto thee the fairie Sibylia.

But the power of generation consisteth not onlie in members, but chieflie of vitall spirits, and of the hart: 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.

In the process, many of the magician’s secrets and much other folk and professional lore of the time is made available to the reader of today.