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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If more ridiculous or abhominable crimes could have beene invented, these poore women whose cheefe fault is that they are scolds should have beene charged with them.

An old Womans Charm, wherewith she did much good in the Countrey, and grew famous thereby.

The chapter on magic tricks in Scot’s Discoverie was later plagiarised heavily; it was ditchcraft basis of The Art of Juggling by S. To convert or transubstantiate Money into Counters, or Counters into Money.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

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.

So as, if one part of their accusation be false, the other part deserveth no credit. This saith he commeth to the unlearned, through the opinion which they conceive of the characters and holie words: A notable trick to transform a Counter to a Groat.

To throw a piece of Money away, and witchcrft find it again where you list. In my experience, most people who believe in really weird things are also stunningly ignorant on the same topics.


discovwrie The book also gives stories of magicians with supernatural powers performing in front of courts of kings. A belief in a non-demon-haunted world is argued throughout the book in a variety of ways.

Yes, Summers attacks Scot with his own feeble and rusted weapon: In other words and ignoring the offensively sexist view of womenScot notes that the witchhunters believe that witchcraft is such a dangerous and deadly crime, that the rule of law must be suspended in such cases. The discovery discoveerie witchcraft proving that the compacts and contracts of witches with devils and all infernal spirits or familiars are but erroneous novelties and imaginary conceptions: This suggests yet another reason discovdrie the religious order would have an interest in keeping witch belief alive:.

And truelie, if one of the Jurie had not beene wiser than the other, she had beene condemned thereupon, and upon other as ridiculous matters as this.

How to pull Laces innumerable out of your mouth, of what colour or length you list, and never any thing seen to be therein. I actually dixcoverie the book, cover to cover, and found pretty much none of what you describe.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft By: For instance, here is a very old description of a very classic card trick: September 22, at 9: I find also that God will not give his glorie and power to a creature.

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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. At the last he returned to his maisters house, and within five or sixe daies fell sicke.

Wherein, not onelie she, but the accuser, and also the Justice are fowlie deceived and abused; as being thorough hir confession and other circumstances persuaded to the injurie of Gods glorie that she hath done, or can doo that which is proper onelie to God himselfe. This is why I consider scientific education to be very important on a societal level; ignorance and fear combined with credulity can lead to devastating consequences: The result is a fascinating look at the views on mental illness of the time:.


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. Most accused witches were sickly old women, and gained no apparent benefit from their witchcraft than to be able to hurt their neighbors.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

How to convey with words or Charme the Corn contained in one Box into another. Furius Cressus regiald convented before Spurius Albinus; for that he being but a little while free, and delivered from bondage, occupieng onlie tillage; grew rich on the sudden, as having good crops: Item, a capitall enimie if the enimitie be pretended to growe by meanes of witchcraft may object against a witch; and none exception is to be had or made against him.

A Charm for the Bots in a Horse. The debate over the contested Christian doctine continued for the following decades. How to Rap a Wag on the Knuckles. To put a Ring through your Cheek.