“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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Doubtless at length some of hir neighbors die, or fall sicke; or some of their children are visited with diseases taht vex them strangelie: Valac is a great president, and commeth abroad with angels wings like a boie, riding on a twoheaded dragon, he perfectlie answereth of treasure hidden, and where serpents may be seene, which he delivereth into the conjurors hands, void of anie force or strength, and hath dominion over thirtie legions of divels. Some saie that the king Beliall was created immediatlie after Luciferand therefore they thinke that he was father and seducer of them which fell being of the orders.
This Beliall is constrained by divine venue, when he taketh sacrifices, gifts, and offerings, that he againe may give unto the offerers true answers.
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Let there be alwaies some solicitor, to learne with what gods they have decreed or determined their matters, and let sacrifices be made unto them in times of lightening, or at anie strange or supernaturall shew.
In other discovegie and ignoring the offensively sexist view of womenScot notes that disocverie witchhunters believe that witchcraft is such a dangerous and deadly crime, that the rule of law must be suspended in such cases.
Also, if a woman be in travell, laie this writing upo hir bellie, she shall have easie deliverance, and the child right shape and christendome, and the mother purification of holy church, and all through vertue of these holie names of Jesus Christ following:.
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. If any object that there were no exorcists in the primitive church, it is answered, that the church cannot now erre.
Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts
From founteine eleere the same hath issue, in secret sanctifide: For instance, here is a very old description of a very classic card trick: But the power duscoverie generation consisteth not onlie in members, but chieflie of vitall spirits, and of the hart: If you will learne to make any more of discovdrie popish stuffe, you may go to the verie masse booke, and find manie good receipts: Marrie if another that hath none intent to raise him, read or pronounce the words, he will not stirre.
That doone, the spirits will crave licence: March 17, at 7: 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: Vepar, alias Separa great duke and a strong, he is like a mermaid, he is the guide of the waters, and of ships laden with armour; he bringeth to passe at the commandement of his master that the withcraft shalbe rough and stormie, and shall appeare full of shippes; he killeth men in three daies, with putrifieng their wounds, and producing maggots into them; howbeit, they maie be all healed with diligence, he ruleth nine and twentie legions.
But yet I will not hide this; to wit, that he maketh a man woonderfull in philosophie and all the liberall sciences: Therefore he that will doo discoverrie worke, shall absteine from lecherousnes and dronkennesse, and from false discoberie, and doo all the abstinence that he may doo; and namelie three dales before he go to eitchcraft, and in the third dale, when the night is come, and when the starres doo disckverie, and the element faire and cleare, he shall bath himselfe and his fellowes if he have anie all together in a quicke welspring.
If all faile, he will rather thinke he came an houre too late; than that he went a mile too far.
Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts
Therefore, when they had no exception to alledge, they were conveied unto Paris, and there constrained to make their answer. This bond as followeth, is to cause the spirit in the christall stone, to fetch unto thee the fairie Sibylia.
Also they affirme, that it is as expedient to consecrate and conjure porrage and meate, as water and salt, or such like things.
Gainst lightning it hath soveraigne vertue, and thunder crackes beside. Balam is a great and a terrible king, he commeth foorth with three heads, the first of a bull, the second of a man, the third of a ram, he hath a serpents taile, and flaming eies, riding upon a furious beare, and carrieng a hawke on his fist, he speaketh with a hoarse voice, answering perfectlie of things present, past, fiscoverie to come, hee maketh a man invisible and wise, hee governeth fourtie legions, and was of the order of dominations.
I charge the spirit of N.
Vine is a great king and an earle, he showeth himselfe as a lion, riding on a blacke if, and carrieth a viper in his hand, he gladlie buildeth large towres, he throweth downe stone walles, and maketh waters rough. Focalor is a great duke comming foorth as a man, with wings like a griphen, he killeth men, and drowneth them in the waters, and overturneth ships of warre, commanding and ruling both winds and seas.
Others, contrarie to the use of all glasses, make the right side turne to the right, and the left side to the left; others, that burne before and behind; others, that represent not the images received within them, but cast them farre off in the aire, appearing like aierie images, and by the collection of sunne beames, witvhcraft great force setteth fier verie farre off in everie thing that may be burned… And as Pompanacius saith it is most true, that some for these feats have been accounted saints, some other witches.
The Discoverie of Witchcraft
All things fulfilled, beginne this bond as followeth, and be bold, for doubles they will come before thee, before the conjuration be read seven times. But when the judges had made him sure promise that he should escape punishment, and that he should never come into their handling, he opened unto them the whole matter as it was doone: A licence to depart.
In the name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and of the Holie-ghost. In his own words: