“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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If anie man advisedlie marke their words, actions, cogitations, dscoverie gestures, he shall perceive that melancholie abounding in their head, and occupieng their senses: 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.
The Discoverie of Witchcraft
What shall be the signe of thy perfect deliverance? Afterwards that number was augmented to five, and after that to nine: 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.
Then laie thy hand on thy booke, and sweare this oth unto him. Reginald Scot was born in or around in Kent into a xiscoverie English family. Now I will shew you more speciall orders of popish conjurations, that are so shameleslie admitted into the church of Rome, that they are not onelie suffered, but commanded to be used, not by night secretlie, but by daie impudentlie.
Also I conjure thee N. Take the sicke man by the hand, and whisper these wordes softlie in his eare, I conjure thee by the sunne and moone, and by the gospell of this daie delivered by God to Rubert, Giles, Cornelius, and John, that thou rise and fall no more. Englished disccoverie Abraham Fleming  But if Christ onelie for a time left the power of working miracles among his apostles and disciples for the confirmation of his gospell, and the faith of his elect: At the end of the volume the printer gives his name as William Brome.
But in troth this is verie dangerous; insomuch as if it be not speedilie and cunninglie prevented, either death or frensie insueth, through infection of the humor left wirchcraft the wound bitten by a mad dog: Blazes daie; to wit, Call upon God, and remember S. And finallie, there must be diligent search made, in everie corner, and under everie coverlet and pallet, and under everie threshhold discoverje the doores, for instruments of witchcraft.
Now saith he when I considered throughlie hereof, remaining doubtfull of the matter, there fell into my hands a witch, who of hir owne accord did promise me to fetch me an errand diiscoverie of hand from farre countries, and willed all them, whome I had brought to witnesse the matter, to depart out of the chamber.
O Lord shew us thy mercie, and we shall be saved. Albeit that here witcycraft England, this proverbe hath beene current; to wit, Dreames proove contrarie: Is sitchcraft frier P.
A President may not be bound in anie houre of the daie, except the king, whome he obeieth, be invocated; nor in the shutting of the evening. Well, when they have gotten them up, they shut them in a circle made with chalke, which is so stronglie beset and invironed with crosses and names, that they cannot for their lives get out; which is a verie probable matter.
November 13, at Joseph of Arimathea did find this writing upon the wounds of the side of Jesus Christ, written with Gods finger, when the bodie was taken away from the crosse. Let everie exorcist take witchcraf, that he admit him not too neere him, bicause of his stinking breath. Discovetie 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.
In the book was twice reissued in London in quarto by Richard Cotes; the two issues differ slightly in the imprint on the title page. This is to constraine him, as followeth. Astaroth is a great and a strong duke, comming foorth in the shape of a fowle angell, sitting upon an infernall dragon, and carrieng on his right hand a viper: The papists I saie have officers in this behalfe, which are called exorcists or conjurors, and they looke narrowlie to other cousenors, as having gotten the upper hand over them.
It doth bestow great gifts and graces, on such as well deserve: This saith he commeth to the unlearned, through the opinion which they conceive of the characters witchcrafft holie words: Now, if grave witcycraft report such lies, what credit in these cases shall we attribute unto the old wives tales, that Sprenger, Institor, Bodine, and others write?
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Scot believed that the utter absurdity of the facts would be enough to stop belief in witchcraft forever. Some of these crimes may not onelie be in the power and will of a witch, but may be accomplished by natural meanes: Some cause thereof I suppose was partlie the translations of governements, whereby one nation learned follie of another; and partlie blind devotion, without knowledge of Gods word: These figures are called the seales of the earth, without the which no spirit will appeere, except thou have them with thee.
In this libell you dooe see is conteined all that witches are charged with; and all that also, which anie witchmoonger surmiseth, or in malice imputeth unto witches power and practise.
There must be commended to some poore begger the saieng of five Pater nostersand five Aves ; the first to be said in the name of the partie possessed, or bewitched: At the assises holden at RochesterAnnoone Margaret Simonsthe wife of John Simonsof Brechlie in Kentwas araigned for witchcraft, at the instigation and discocerie of divers fond and malicious persons; and speciallie by the meanes of one John Ferrall vicar of that parish: In the name discoferie the most pitifullest and mercifullest God of Israel and of paradise, of heaven and of earth, of the seas and of the infernalles, by thine omnipotent helpe may performe this worke, which livest and reignest ever one God world without end, Amen.
He died in Also, if the place he unapt for a triangle to be made without witchcrafy circle, then set there a boll of wine, and the exorcist shall certeinlie knowe when he commeth out of his house, with his fellowes, and that the foresaid Bileth will be his helper, his friend, and obedient unto him when he commeth foorth.
It is also written [Sap. They have a hundred such beggerlie, foolish, and frivolous notes doscoverie this behalfe. 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.
Wherein discoveriie they professe ignorance? Knights from daie dawning, till sunne rising; or from evensong, till the sunne set.
The Discoverie of Witchcraft
In my experience, most people who believe in really weird things are also stunningly ignorant on the same topics. Lie a wager with your confederate who must seeme simple, or obstinatelie opposed against you that standing behind a doore, you will by the sound or ringing of the monie tell him whether he cast crosse or pile: Scot speaks so passionately about the Scriptures and the idolatry of witch-hunters that he seems to be a man who believes both in a God and a rational world ruled by natural laws.
The maister standing at the head of the grave, his fellow having in his hands the candle and the stone, must begin the conjuration as followeth, and the spirit will appeare to you in the christall stone, in a faire forme of a child of twelve yeares of age.