Search. Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft (published in 1584) was England's first major work of demonology, witchcraft, and the occult. We commemorate this historic moment in history with a deck befitting the Discoverie legacy. But so rich and full of data on the charges against witches, on witch trials and on the actual practice of the black arts was Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft that it remained a much-used source throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is still one of the few primary sources for the study of witchcraft today. His father fought was knighted by Charles V and fought alongside King Henry VIII. Details are muddled—twice (pp. Reginald Scot addresses many phenomena attributed to witches and, using the same Christian ideology that the witch mongers supposedly lived by, points out that they give entirely too much credit to the accused for things only … 2. Remarkable 16th-century classic attempted to disprove existence of witches. Condition: Very Good. He was born in 1538 in the southeastern region of England. First English translation, published by the English gentleman Reginald Scot in 1584, intended as an exposé of early Modern witchcraft. Reginald Scot wrote The Discoverie of Witchcraft as a refutation of witchcraft and the inquisition. The Damned Art: Essays in the Literature of Witchcraft(London, 1977). Scot believed that the prosecution of those accused of witchcraft was irrational and un-Christian, and he held the Roman Church responsible. It contains a small section intended to show how the public was fooled by charlatans, which is considered the first published material on "magic" trickery. Reginald Scot, whose words these are, published his remarkable book The Discoverie of Witchcraft in 1584. You won't be adding any of the tricks in this book to your repertoire, but the book makes for a great read for anyone interested in the very early days of the publication of … It contains a small section intended to show how the public was fooled by charlatans, which is considered the first published material on magic. Reginald Scot (or Scott) (c. 1538 – 9 October 1599) was an Englishman and Member of Parliament, the author of The Discoverie of Witchcraft, which was published in 1584. First Edition. The book was unashamedly skeptical. This essay shall analyse Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584) in its historical context and explore sixteenth century attitudes towards witchcraft. But so rich and full of data on the charges against witches, on witch trials and on the actual practice of the black arts was Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft that it remained a much-used … What does discovery of witchcraft reveal regarding 16th century witchcraft Analysis of Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of witchcraft. Discoverie of Witchcraft was written by Reginald Scot. There were later London editions in 1651, 1654, and 1665; the 1665 edition had some extra material added to it. Scot's treatise was first published in 1584, just at the height of the European witchcraze, and was one of the few published works that argued vehemently against the belief in witches and demons. Abstract: A partially skeptical book published by the English gentleman Reginald Scot in 1584, intended as an exposé of medieval witchcraft. 17 illustrations. Discoverie showed a superstitious public that magicians were not witches, but entertainers with clever effects and methods. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Reginald Scot's "Discoverie of Witchcraft" is one of the few prose books from Elizabethan England that still enjoys an actual readership in the 21st century. Reginald Scot published The Discoverie of Witchcraft, one of the first magic books ever written in the English language. It was written against the belief in witches, to show that witchcraft did not exist. Introduction by Montague Summers. Description. Indispensable primary source on witchcraft. The magic section starts with Booke 13 and Chapter 22. The Discoverie of Witchcraft was actually written in opposition to the popular attitude of its time, which was to blame black magic for almost anything that one wanted. The Discoverie of Witchcraft was intended as an exposé of medieval witchcraft. Reginald Scot was an English parliamentary member . It contains a small section intended to show how the public was fooled by charlatans, which is considered the first published material on magic. Reginald Scot's "Discoverie of Witchcraft" is one of the few prose books from Elizabethan England that still enjoys an actual readership in the 21st century. But so rich and full of data on the charges against witches, on witch trials and on the actual practice of the black arts was Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft that it remained a much-used source throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is still one of the few primary sources for the study of witchcraft today. Sub Category: 'Discoverie of Witchcraft' 1584, 'once a common book' The Book Collector Podcasts. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. You will find rich full accounts of charges against witches, witch trials and practice of the black arts. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. Reginald Scot, whose words these are, published his remarkable book The Discoverie of Witchcraft in 1584. Scot believed that the prosecution of those accused of witchcraft was irrational, so his aim was to show that witches did not exist, by exposing how feats of magic were performed. “The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that few or none can endure with patience the hand and correction of God.” Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft (published in 1584) was England’s first major work of demonology, witchcraft, and the occult. Scot, Reginald. Reginald Scot (or Scott) (c.1538 - 9 October 1599) was an English country gentleman and Member of Parliament, now remembered as the author of The Discoverie of Witchcraft, which was published in 1584. Reginald Scot intended his Discoverie of Witchcraft as a sensible argument disputing the existence of witches. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Download (PDF, 789KB) Reginald Scot expressed his extreme skepticism of witchcraft in his treatise The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), England’s first major work on demonology and witchcraft.Eventually, Scot’s book was burned for its utility as a source book for magic, ironic because the book is rooted around skepticism. Part of its content exposes how (apparently miraculous) feats of magic were done, and the book is often deemed the first textbook on conjuring. It is said that so outraged was King Ja. Excerpts from Inquisition, interviews with convicted witches, discussions of alchemy, astrology, much more. There are four dedications: to Sir Roger Manwood, chief baron of the exchequer; another to Scot's cousin, Sir Thomas Scot, a third jointly to John Coldwell, then dean of Rochester, and to William … England's first major work of demonology, witchcraft and the occult, the book was unashamedly sceptical. Scot, Reginald, The Discoverie of Witchcraft(London, 1584). But so rich and full of data on the charges against witches, on witch trials and on the actual practice of the black arts was Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft that it remained a much-used source throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is still one of the few primary sources for the study of witchcraft today. The Discoverie of Witchcraft itself is a shotgun blast against the belief in witches and against the credulous and conniving people who promote that belief. Reginald Scot deserves a better book than this, and so too does the purchaser, who will have paid out over £50 for it. It was written against the belief in witches, to show that witchcraft did not exist. Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft... stands brightly out amid the darkness of its own and the succeeding age, as a perfectly unique example of sagacity amounting to genius.” He adds: “Nothing, however, is more evident than that Scot, however indebted to Wier (and both of them, probably, to Cornelius Agrippa ...), was far in advance of either in the clearness of his views and the unwavering … At the heart of Scot's book are stories and charges pulled from the writers of the … This is the reprint of the Montague Summers edition of Reginald Scot's "Discoverie of Witchcraft". Rich full account of charges against witches, witch trials, practice of the black arts. 127 and 218) Professor Almond interchanges Saul and Samuel in his re-telling of the Witch of Endor story. Scot's book appeared entitled The Discoverie of Witchcraft, wherein the Lewde dealing of Witches and Witchmongers is notablie detected, in sixteen books ... whereunto is added a Treatise upon the Nature and Substance of Spirits and Devils, 1584. 'The fables of witchcraft have taken so fast hold and deepe root in the heart of man, that few or none can indure with patience the hand and correction of God.' This alone would make it a notable work, but its real interest lies in the fact that Scot was uncompromisingly Reginald Scot published The Discoverie of Witchcraft in 1584. It also features a small section on magic. The discoverie of witchcraft by Reginald Scot, unknown edition, The discovery of witchcraft: proving that the compacts and contracts of witches with devils and all infernal spirits or familiars are but erroneous novelties and imaginary conceptions : also discovering, how far their power extendeth in killing, tormenting, consuming, or curing the bodies of men, women, children, or animals … The work is carelessly presented and poorly edited. It remains well worth reading. The discoverie of witchcraft. The book was unashamedly skeptical. He argued that witchcraft and spirits were fictional, and caused by mental disturbances and hoaxes, rather than the supernatural. The Discoverie of Witchcraft is a partially sceptical book published by the English gentleman Reginald Scot in 1584, intended as an exposé of early Modern witchcraft.It contains a small section intended to show how the public was fooled by charlatans, which is considered the first published material on illusionary or stage magic. The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot – Raking Light The Discoverie of Witchcraft, wherein the Lewde dealing of Witches and Witchmongers is notablie detected, in sixteen books … whereunto is added a Treatise upon the Nature and Substance of Spirits and Devils. Reginald Scot's Discouerie of Witchcraft (1584) is the first extant treatise on witchcraft by an English author. Hard Cover. At the end of the volume the printer gives his name as William Brome. Articles from our Archive brought to life in audio - listen now via soundcloud.com. [Reginald Scot; Montague Summers] Home. 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