“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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Also they affirme, discoverif it is as expedient to consecrate and conjure porrage and meate, as water and salt, or such like things.

These are no small fooles, they go not to worke with a baggage tode, or a cat, as witches doo; but with a kind of majestie, and with authoritie they call up by name, and have at their commandement seventie and nine principall and princelie divels, who have under them, as their ministers, a great multitude of legions of pettie divels; as for example.

First they asked him, whether he were one of them that had beene buried in the same place. For he fell first among the worthier and wiser sort, which went before Michael and other heavenlie angels, which were discoveriw.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

He giveth dignities and confirmations; he bindeth them that resist him in his owne chaines, and subjecteth them to the conjuror; he prepareth good familiars, and hath the understanding of all arts. I constreine thee spirit N. And therefore let the conjuror hold neere to his face a magicall ring, and that shall defend him. The Discoverie of Witchcraft.

O Crux lignum triumphale, Mundi vera salus vale, Inter ligna nullum tale, Fronde, flore, germine. To all demands he answereth fullie and trulie, he maketh a man invisible, he sheweth the places where treasure lieth, and gardeth it, if it be among the legions of Amaymonhe hath under his power seventie two legions.

This suggests yet another witchcraftt why the religious order wktchcraft have an interest in keeping witch belief alive: Aske them anie question, they will undertake to resolve you, even of that which none but God knoweth.

In like manner I say, he that attributeth to a witch, such divine power, as dulie and onelie apperteineth unto GOD which all witchmongers doo is in hart a blasphemer, an idolater, witchcraaft full of grosse impietie, although he neither go nor send to hir for assistance.


In the pontificall you shall find this conjuration, which the other conjurors use as solemnelie as they: Worke this worke in or in the houre of the or.

He that looketh upon his neighbors wife, and lusteth after hir, hath committed adulterie.

Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts

The sicke man must fast three daies, and then he with his parents must come to church, upon an embering fridaie, and must heare the masse for that daie appointed, and so likewise the saturdaie and sundaie following. I conjure thee Sibylia by the bloud that ranne out of the side of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified, and by the opening of heaven, and by the renting of the temple, and by the darkenes of the sunne in the time of his death, and by the rising up of the dead in the time of his resurrection, and by the virgine Marie mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the unspeakable name of God, Tetragrammaton.

In the process, many of the magician’s secrets and much other folk and professional lore of the time is made available discpverie the reader of today. I conjure thee, and bind thee Sibyliathat thou shalt not depart out of the circle wherein thou art appeared, nor yet to alter thy shape, except I give thee licence to depart.

Item, a witnesse uncited, and offering himselfe in this case is to be heard, and in none other. Deliver us, wicthcraft have mercie upon us, and prevent with thy holie spirit this worke, and with thy blessed helpe to followe after; that this our worke begunne of thee, may be ended by thy mightie power, Amen. Also I conjure you divels, and command you, I bid you, and appoint you, by the Lord Jesus Christ, the sonne of the most highest God, and by the blessed and glorious virgine Marie, wotchcraft by all the saints, both of men and women of God, and by all the angels, archangels, patriarches, and prophets, apostles, evangelists, martyrs, and confessors, virgins, and widowes, and all the disckverie of God.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

I CONJURE thee Sibyliawhich art come hither before me, by the commandement of thy Lord and mine, that thou shalt have no powers, in thy going or comming unto me, imagining anie evill in anie maner of waies, in the earth or under the earth, of evill witchcrafg, to dixcoverie person or persons.


Reginald Scot wrote The Discoverie of Witchcraft as a refutation of witchcraft and the inquisition. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Marieand of all thy saints, that thou give me grace and divine power over all the wicked spirits, so as which of them soever I doo call by name, they may come by and by from everie coast, and accomplish my will, that they neither be hurtfull or fearefull unto me, but rather obedient and diligent about me.

If I doo not performe this oth wotchcraft promise to thee N.

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He is an excellent poet, and obedient, he hopeth to returne to the seventh throne after a thousand two hundreth yeares, and governeth twentie legions. I conjure and constreine the spirit discoveeie N.

riscoverie Even before that, likely in his legal capacity, Scot witchfraft was involved in another witch trial. And albeit the Official urged them verie much, that there might be some conjuring of the spirit; yet could he nothing prevaile. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And when he that is maister will close the spirit, he shall saie towards the east, with meeke and devout devotion, these psalmes and praiers as followeth here in order.

Then take the salt in thy hand, and saie putting it into the water, making in the maner of a crosse. For sentence passed upon them, and they were condemned to be carried backe againe to Orleance, and there to be cast in prison, and so should finallie be brought foorth into the cheefe church of the citie openlie, and from thence to the place of witchrcaft, where they should make open confession of their trespasses.

The third edition was published with two imprints inone being the Turk Head edition, the scarcer variant was at the Golden-Ball. I marvell yet, that anie can be so bewitched, as to be made to beleeve, that by vertue of their words, anie earthlie creature can be made invisible. Certainly we cannot know for certain if this witchcrafy the case; I have my doubts, however.