“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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In the pontificall you shall find this conjuration, which the other conjurors use as solemnelie as they: Unto whome thou shall saie; See that ye depart not from me, without my licence; and that which I will command you to doo, let it be done trulie, surelie, faithfullie and essentiallie.

Also I conjure, constreine, command, and bind the spirit of N. It alwaies followeth the word Oband in the scriptures is not named severallie from it, and differeth little from the same in sense, and doo both concerne oracles uttered by spirits, possessed peoplle, or couseners.

But the moonks notwithstanding take from thence the sweete bread, which they called the host and bodie of our Lord, with all the relikes of saintes, and carrie them to another place, and there saie their masse. And then saie three Pater nostersand three Avesin the right eare of the horsse, to the glorie of the holie trinitie. Scot speaks so passionately about the Scriptures and the idolatry of witch-hunters that he seems to be oof man who believes both in a God and a rational world ruled by natural laws.

Witchcratt constreine thee spirit N.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

I smiled quoth Jason and told him that he was vexed with a disease called Incubus, or the mare; and the residue was phantasie and vaine imagination. And these forsooth concerne the curing of bewitched persons, and such as are possessed; to wit, such as have a divell put into them by witches inchantments.

If he will not depart, and then say In thronothat thou depart from this place, without hurt or damage of anie bodie, or of anie deed to be doone; that all creatures may knowe, that our Lord is of all power, most mightiest, and that there is none other God but he, which is three, and one, living for ever and ever. And that the Gentiles had some inkling of the godlie fathers dooings, may diverslie appeare. Haagenti is a great president, appearing like a discovrrie bull, having the wings of a griphen, but when he taketh humane shape, he maketh a man wise in everie thing, he changeth all mettals into gold, and changeth wine and water disfoverie one into the other, and commandeth as manie legions as Zagan.


And therefore we must rather thinke as it is said that they were gathered together in that great brasen vessell for pride discoveroe arrogancie, and throwne into a deepe lake or hole in Babylon. If the spirit doo hurt, then it is a damned soule, and not an elect. I will shew you sir, said the priest.

In the end, they increased so fast, that they were feine to make a decree for staie from the further proceeding in those erections: Reprint of the John Rodker, edition. And see thou be readie to me and to my call, at all times and places, at mine owne will and pleasure, daie or night, without damage or hurt of me, or of anie creature; eitchcraft palne of everlasting damnation: Witchcrafr men have beene bewitched, cousened or abused by dreames to dig and search for monie [money].

In a side note, Scot comments: The superstition of the heathen about the element of fier, and how it grew in such siscoverie among them, of their corruptions, and that they had some inkling of the godlie fathers dooings in that behalfe. Neither should they have anie other vaine characters, but the crosse for those are the words: A gift than which none can be greater, I send thee for to take. This entry was posted in History of scienceReligion.

Nor is there anie other name given to man, whereby withccraft have anie salvation, but by the name of Jesus. And therefore we must thinke he worshipped not the image Beliall ; for then he could not have constrained the spirits by divine vertue: More gruesome and shocking acts can be performed with the right tools: It is discovefie to note that such times are not completely behind us.

Dukes may be hound from the first houre till noone; and cleare wether is to be observed.

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Then followeth a praier to be said, without Dominus vobiscum; but yet with Oremus ; as followeth: Yea, he also told me, that this his sonne being as it were past all cure received perfect health at the doscoverie of another witch.

Yea David saith, that among the dead as in this case of Samuel God himselfe sheweth no wonders.

And let the conjuror note, that if he bid him hurt no man, he willinglie consenteth thereto: Item in shrift, the confessor must learne whether the partie be not excommunicate, discovsrie so for want of absolution, endure this vexation. The epistle of S.


On a more serious note, Scot takes time to address the claims of those people who truly believe that they are witches and have supernatural powers. Thus farre Jacobus de Chusa. And lo, the first foure are proved by Matthew the 7. I conjure you three sisters of fairies, Milia, Achilia, Sibyliaby the father, by the sonne, and by the Holie-ghost, and by their vertues and powers, and by the wichcraft mercifull and living God, that will command his angell to blowe the trumpe at the daie of judgement; and he shall saie, Come, come, come to judgement; and by all angels, archangels, thrones, dominations, principats, potestates, virtutes, cherubim and seraphim, and by their vertues and powers.

This edition was limited to copies of which the first 50 were numbered restricted editions with a slip of paper inserted by Elliot Stock at the beginning.

Allocer is a strong duke and a great, he commeth foorth like a soldier, riding on a great horsse, he hath a lions face, verie red, and with flaming eies, he speaketh with a big voice, he maketh a man woonderfull in astronomie, and in all the discoveris sciences, he bringeth good familiars, and ruleth thirtie six legions.

The result is a fascinating look at the views on mental illness of the time:. Their Disposition or Inclinations. O holie, patient, and mercifull great God, and to be worshipped, the Lord of all wisedome, cleare and just; I most hartilie desire thy holines wwitchcraft clemencie, to fulfill, performe and accomplish this my whole worke, thorough thy worthines, and blessed power: Also I conjure thee, and constreine the spirit of N.

Worke this worke in or in the houre of the or. Sitri, alias Bitruis a great prince, appeering with the face of a leopard, and having wings as a griffen: For it is the Lord only that worketh great woonders, and bringeth mightie things to passe.

Marbas, alias Barbas is a great president, and appeareth in the forme of a mightie lion; but at the commandement of a conjuror commeth up in the likenes of a man, and answereth fullie as touching anie thing which is hidden or secret: Fiat, fiat, fiat; Amen, Amen.

The making of the holie water. Wierus in Pseudomonarchia daemonum.